Caregiver used stun gun to punish kids, Kissimmee police say

Published On: Jan 31 2014 11:09:06 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 31 2014 05:30:30 PM EST

Kissimmee police have arrested a woman on allegations of using an electric weapon to punish children for whom she was caring.


A woman was arrested Thursday in Kissimmee on allegations of using a stun gun to punish children in her care.

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Letina Smith, 41, faces three counts of child abuse after a 7-year-old, 8-year-old and 9-year-old told officers that Smith punished them with an electric weapon.

The children described the weapon as being pink, rectangle-shaped and having two points with electricity flowing between them, Kissimmee police said. The children also said Smith touched them with the weapon when they misbehave, according to police.

Investigators interviewed the children at Sunrise Elementary School and contacted Smith, who said she does have an electric weapon and has activated it but held it a few inches from the children, according to police. Smith added that she had not touched the children with the weapon.

Smith was caring for her cousin's three children, police said.

According to the report, one of the boys told police that one time he was asleep in the car and Smith zapped him with a stun gun, waking him up and hurting him badly.

Smith is in Osceola County Jail on no bond due to an Orange County warrant related to a worthless check charge.

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