Mother of three charged with child cruelty after 'using a STUN GUN to punish her children'

  • Betty Basham, 34, has been charged with three counts of child abuse resulting in injury after allegedly using a stun gun to discipline her children
  • Her children have now been sent to stay with a relative

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Charged: Betty Basham, 34, has been charged with three counts of child abuse resulting in injury after allegedly using a stun gun on her children

Charged: Betty Basham, 34, has been charged with three counts of child abuse resulting in injury after allegedly using a stun gun on her children

A West Virginia mother was charged with three counts of child abuse on Tuesday after allegedly using a stun gun to discipline her three children.

Betty Basham, 34, was taken into custody after  teachers noticed her oldest boy had a wound on his leg that resembled a 'bee sting'.

Deputies said that in a subsequent investigation by Child Protective Services her child said that on New Years Eve, Basham punished all three of her kids using an electric shock stun gun.

'It's a 3- to 5-second burst,' Sheriff Steve Deweese said. 'It's very painful.'

Deweese also made the unsettling claim that being stunned is as painful as 100 bee stings for a child.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Putnam County, the boy said that he and his brothers would be 'whipped' by Basham on a daily basis according to WSAZ.Com.

The day before the boy spoke with investigators he claimed he was 'whipped' so hard he had trouble sitting down.

Basham was not answering any telephone calls at her home on Tuesday but it is known that the children have left and are staying with a relatives.

 

Sheriff Deweese said that Basham has no history of child abuse but has faced multiple drug charges in the past.

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Painful: This stun gun is similar to the one allegedly used by Betty Basham to discipline her children

Painful: This stun gun is similar to the one allegedly used by Betty Basham to discipline her children

Home: This is the Basham familu home in Putnam County, West Virginia. Her children are now staying with relatives

Home: This is the Basham familu home in Putnam County, West Virginia. Her children are now staying with relatives

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Looks like her face was on the receiving end of a stun gun more than a few times.

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Get it straight people-- only police officers are allowed to use a stun gun to spite a child.

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Aww come on! It won't hurt them. It's less painful that a belt on the butt, I assure you. And I've seen a lot of kids in my day that would have been better grown-ups if their parents had zapped them from time to time.

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Become an honor Federal Officer BEFORE you do anything like this. 8th Amendment is bendy. We'll have Facebook courts soon.

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Parents neen to discipline their children just to make it clear their behaviour is wrong and to keep them on the right path !! But causing extreme physical pain, it is not discipline. It's extrem abuse and IT'S NOT OK!!

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Wow

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They should stun her with one..see how she likes it. Poor kids not their fault they were born to a drug addicted crazy person. Wish the best for them.

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