Prosecutors have charged a Cache County woman with using a dog shock collar to punish two of her adopted special-needs children.
The 52-year-old woman, who lives in Mendon, was charged Wednesday in 1st District Court with abuse or neglect of a disabled child, a third-degree felony, as well as abuse of a vulnerable adult, child abuse and tampering with a witness, which are misdemeanors. If convicted for the felony, she could face up to five years in prison.
The woman has nine adopted children, said Deputy Cache County Attorney Andrew McAdams. One of them, a 17-year-old girl with special needs, disclosed to student aids at her school that her mom uses "a behavior band" on her, McAdams said. She had trouble describing the band, but drew a picture for the aids that looked like a dog's shock collar, he added.