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Conn. police: Shock collar used to punish girl

Police say a Danbury couple faces charges after a 9-year-old girl in their care was punished with an electric shock collar used to discipline barking dogs.

Eduardo Montanez, 43, was held on $250,000 bond on charges including third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and cruelty. Paula Montanez, 34, is held on $200,000 bond on charges including risk of injury to a child, conspiracy to commit third-degree assault and conspiracy to commit cruelty.

WVIT-TV reports police said Montanez allegedly forced the girl to bark so the collar would shock her, and his wife didn't stop him. Police said the couple was upset about the girl's school progress.

They were arrested Tuesday after an investigation triggered when the girl told a teacher. They appear Wednesday in Danbury Superior Court. It's not immediately known who's representing them.

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