A Tennessee woman is charged with child abuse after she used a stun gun on her two teen sons during a dispute, but police say her teen son is equally responsible for what happened.
Police arrested 41-year-old Jennifer Easley on Tuesday on two counts of child abuse. Her sister, 38-year-old Jacqueline Suttle, was also charged with domestic assault in the incident.
Easley’s 16-year-old son was also arrested and charged with domestic violence in juvenile court.
“The 16-year-old was really the one who started it,” Millersville Police Chief David Hindman told The Tennessean. “He wanted his mother to take him to school the next day, and she wanted him to ride the bus or find other means of transportation. From there, an argument ensued, and he would not let his mother out of the laundry room.”
Hindman says that’s when Suttle got involved and hit the child while trying to get him away from the laundry room.
“Everything pretty much goes to pot after that,” Hindman said. “The son was scuffling with the aunt in a physical altercation, so the mom grabs her stun gun.”
Easley admitted she used her stun gun to subdue the teen and said that’s when her 13-year-old son got involved and she used it on him as well.
“The 16-year-old was a pretty stout young man, but the ladies had some weight on him,” Hindman said. “He would have put up a good fight, but they could have laid on him just fine. It will be up to a judge to decide the outcome of the case. I just don’t think a Taser is appropriate to use on your children. There are other ways to handle it. They could have called the police to handle it.”
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