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Pct. 4 deputy used Taser to punish her 3 children, court docs say

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Xochitl Ortiz, 34, was arrested after allegedly utilizing the system on the youngsters in early April, in accordance to court paperwork.

HOUSTON — A former Precinct 4 deputy from Spring faces severe fees after allegedly utilizing a Taser on her three youngsters.

Xochitl Ortiz, 34, is charged with three counts of harm to a toddler with bodily harm.

Ortiz used the Taser on the kids in early April, in accordance to court paperwork.

She allegedly used the weapon in drive-stun mode by putting it towards the kids’s our bodies on their buttocks, shoulder and hand. 

The victims, ages 12, 11 and eight, advised investigators they don’t really feel secure with Ortiz.

The Taser belonged to Ortiz’s boyfriend, additionally a legislation enforcement officer, and was duty-issued, court data say.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman mentioned he was notified of the allegations on April 14 and his office labored along with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the investigation.

Ortiz was arrested on Wednesday, May 18, and has been fired by Precinct 4.

She posted a $90,000 bail on Friday. 

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Can stun weapons hurt youngsters?

Strategies for Youth, a nationwide non-profit, says its analysis reveals the usage of stun weapons and Tasers on youngsters could be very dangerous and even lethal.

“By dint of their psychological and physical lack of maturity, the use of CEWs on young people is particularly risky, threatening long-lasting permanent physical and emotional damage, and even death,” the group says in its (*3*)

The group says Axon, the most important distributor of Tasers within the United States, recommends towards utilizing the weapons on youngsters.

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