Iowa police arrested a man and accused him of using an electric cattle prod on his own children, as reported by KCCI.
Travis Coker, 36, of Swan, was taken into police custody on Monday after authorities received an anonymous tip that the man, who is father to both a biological and adopted daughter, had been abusing his kids with an electric cattle and hog prod.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation and formally placed charges, alleging that Coker would give his daughters, ages 11 and 13, an hour to complete a set of chores, shocking them with the prod every five minutes after that hour had passed if they hadn’t finished.
“They weren’t doing the chores fast enough, so he decided to use an electronic cattle prod to discipline the children,” Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said.
To the uninitiated, a cattle prod is essentially a stick that conducts high voltage electricity, typically used to assist in gathering livestock in one place.
Coker and his partner, who has not been identified, also have two sons. Police have not alleged that the 36-year-old performed the brutal form of punishment on the boys, just the two girls.
Coker was charged with two counts of child endangerment causing bodily injury. He has been released on a $5,000 bond, according to Des Moines Register. The court has filed a motion which prohibits the man from having any contact with his two daughters, who have been placed with other family members. The 36-year-old has another court date on January 18.
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