MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is investigatingwhat some might call a case of child abuse.
Two Martinsville police officers have been suspended with payafter using a stun gun on a 10-year-old at a daycare center.
The Martinsville’s Mayor and Police Chief held a pressconference Thursday morning about the incident.
The incident happened Tuesday evening outside the Tender TeddiesDaycare House on East York.
Capt. William Jennings a 36 year veteran and Officer DarrenJohnson a 3 year veteran responded to the call of an unrulychild.
Authorities say the boy was beating up other kids and kicking,screaming and spitting on workers.
They say the officers weren’t able to calm the child down.They say Jennings slapped the boy and Johnson followed up by usinga hand-held stun gun to shock the child on the upper left arm.
The chief said the boy cried after being shocked, but he isdoing fine now.
But, the city took action against the officers.
24-Hour News 8’s Mike Corbin asked Mayor Phil Deckard ifhe thought the officers actions were justified?
“I really can’t say either way. I want to look outfor the best interests of the child and the officers. Until Ifinish the report and get the details from our officersinvestigating along with the sheriff’s department. If wedetermine that there was something there that would’ve been athreat to either the child or the officers or those around thatcould’ve been justification, but with first reports,it’s hard to see why,” said Mayor Deckard.
Police Chief Jon Davis said he couldn’t comment on thepending investigation.
However, he also said he thinks the officers might have foundanother way to subdue the child.
Both he and the Mayor say they’re reviewing the departmentstun gun policy and following the investigation.
Monday, they’ll know more on whether any more action mightbe taken against the officers.
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Work began in the old Indianapolis City Hall on Monday morning.