Officers suspended after using Taser on 10-year-old
Police stunned, slapped unruly boy at Indiana daycare
Two police officers called to a central Indiana home daycare to subdue an unruly 10-year-old boy have been suspended after one used a stun gun on the child and another slapped him in the mouth.
The child suffered no significant injuries in the incident, which happened Tuesday.
Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the confrontation in Martinsville is being investigated.
Martinsville police Chief Jon Davis said he believed the two officers could have restrained the 94-pound boy without using force. Davis said the Morgan County Sheriff's Department was investigating and an internal review was planned on the officer's use of the conducted energy weapon, commonly known as a Taser.
"We need to look at it a lot closer because it's not really made for 10-year-olds," he said at a news conference Thursday.
Assistant police chief Dan Riffel said he spoke with the boy and his mother on Wednesday and that the boy's only injuries were marks on his upper arm, where he was shocked by the stun gun.
The officers arrived at the house to find the boy out of control, hitting and kicking his caretakers, according to police. He wouldn't obey the officers so they used force, police said.
Davis said the confrontation occurred on the porch of the house while other children were inside. Police had been called to the daycare once before in recent months about the same child, he said.
The chief said Officer Darren Johnson, who has been with the department almost three years, used the stun gun, while Capt. William Jennings, a 36-year veteran, slapped the child.
The officers couldn't immediately be located for comment. A woman who answered the door Thursday at the home daycare declined to comment.
Steve Tuttle, a spokesperson for Taser International Inc., said stun guns can be safely used on children, although the public might not find that acceptable.