A Texas deputy has been relieved of her duties after she was allegedly found using her boyfriend’s taser on her three children aged 8, 11, and 12.
Former Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable Xochitl Ortiz, 34, appeared in court on May 20 to face three counts of causing injury to children younger than 15.
Each count carries a possible sentence of 10 years in prison, under Texas law.
Ortiz was a two-year veteran of the force. Her boyfriend, former deputy Christopher Worthington, has also been fired the department. He joined in October 2020.
The alleged abuse occurred at Ortiz’s apartment in town of Tomball between April 1 and 4 this year.
During that time, Ortiz is accused of ‘drive stunning’ her children with an ‘electric self-defense device.’ She is believed to have used her fellow deputy boyfriend’s department issued Taser.
According to Police1, a ‘drive-stun’ is ‘generally considered to be a pain-compliance technique that is a lesser quantum of force than deploying the probes.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Paul Farrell