Conn. couple allegedly used electric dog collar to punish girl, 9

Eduardo Montanez, left, and Paula Montanez
Danbury Police Dept. via CBS affiliate WFSB
(CBS/AP) DANBURY, Conn. - Police say a Connecticut couple used an electric dog collar to punish a 9-year-old girl who was in their care.

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Eduardo Montanez, 43, was arrested Tuesday and is being held on a $250,000 bond on charges that include third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and cruelty. His wife, Paula Montanez, 34, is being held on a $200,000 bond on charges that include risk of injury to a child, conspiracy to commit third-degree assault and conspiracy to commit cruelty.

According to the Danbury News Times, police believe the couple disciplined the girl with a sound-activated shock collar normally used to train dogs. CBS Connecticut reports police say the couple was upset about the girl's school progress.

Authorities began investigating after a school employee alerted them to possible abuse.

The suspects are scheduled to appear Wednesday in Danbury Superior Court.


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