Baby attacked with stun gun
A man in the US state of Oregon is facing trial for allegedly attacking his baby son with a stun gun as many as 10 times over a three-week period, causing multiple burns and blisters, police said today.
Rian James Wittman was charged yesterday with first-degree criminal mistreatment and three counts of second-degree assault after allegedly using a 100,000-volt stun gun on his 18-month-old son, Kyle, Albany police Captain Eric Carter said.
"The child was taken to the hospital on Saturday, February 3, when the mother brought the child in and told police," Capt Carter said.
Capt Carter said police were looking into why the mother, Jennifer Wittman, 21, had not reported the attacks earlier.
The child has was treated in hospital for burns and blisters on his legs, belly and back and was released the same day.
"The child had not previously been taken to the hospital for the previous stun-gun incident," Capt Carter said.
"She's (Ms Wittman) not being charged and not being held."
If convicted on the charges, Wittman, a 23-year old truck driver, could face more than 30 years in prison, Capt Carter said.
He is being held in lieu of $US100,000 ($A129,000) bail.
Stun guns fire an electric charge designed to subdue or incapacitate an adult suspect.
Screw the 30 years in jail. Throw a rope around his neck and string him up! :finger: