Police: Caretaker used stun gun to punish children

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — An Osceola County caretaker has been charged with child abuse after authorities said three children were punished using electric shock.

Officials arrested 41-year-old Letina Smith, of Kissimmee, on Thursday.

According to police, they were called to Sunrise Elementary School where they spoke with victims, ages 7, 8 and 9, who said Smith punishes them with a weapon when they misbehave.

Investigators said the victim's got in trouble at school and told her teacher not to call Smith, who the children live with and is their mother's cousin, because she didn't want to face the punishment.

One of the victims told her teacher that Smith touched her with the device on her shoulder a month ago when she got in trouble, authorities said.

According to the arrest report, Smith makes the children hold themselves against the wall in a sitting position. The report went on to say the children were forced to stay there for an hour and if they moved, Smith would use the stun gun on them.

The victim's described the weapon as being a pink rectangle-shaped device that had two points between which electricity would flow, according to a release.

Smith admitted to authorities that she does have a stun gun and will activate it a few inches from the children, but never touched them with it, investigators said.

She is charged with three counts of child abuse and is being held on $3,000 bond.


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