Two southwest Florida residents, Joshua Pierre Louis and Roxanne Paduani, were arrested Thursday for allegedly using a stun gun on their four children.
According to news reports, Louis, 28, often used the stun gun on his four children, whose ages haven’t yet been released, to discipline them when they were behaving poorly. One of the children revealed scars to a Department of Children and Families’ investigator and provided details about the ongoing abuse in their Lehigh Acres home.
A sheriff’s office report noted, “They were using it as a tool to deter the children from misbehaving … The stun gun inflicted pain compliance on the children and left visible marks on two of the children.”
According to the News-Press, suspicion about the parents began when a source contacted the Florida Abuse Hotline. The Department of Children and Families in Lee County began investigating.
Paduani, 33, is being held on $200K bond. She faces two charges of cruelty to a child. According to investigators, when questioned about the abuse, Paduani admitted to sparking the handheld stun gun to warn the children when they were behaving poorly, but she claims she never actually used the weapon on anyone. This matches information the child who spoke with authorities provided, as the child cited Louis as having disciplined the children with the stun gun, but explained that Paduani knew about the punishment but was never there when Louis actually used the stun gun.
Louis was booked on four charges of cruelty to a child. He is being held on $400K bond.
Both Louis and Paduani are due in court April 4.
The children have been placed with family members.
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