Dad accused of using stun gun on 14-year-old
Published January 28, 2005
PALM CITY - A man faces charges of child abuse and domestic battery for shocking his 14-year-old son with a stun gun, authorities said.
Douglas Dycus, 40, was charged following a complaint to the state Department of Children and Families, Martin County sheriff's investigators said. The gun was not a Taser, they said.
Dycus used the stun gun when he became frustrated because the boy was wrestling with his brothers and not paying attention to him on Dec. 26, authorities said. Burn marks were found on the boy's arm and abdomen.
Investigators said four other complaints against Dycus are on file with DCF, including a 2003 report that he hit the youth with a belt and left welts. Dycus, an engineer with a West Palm Beach firm, was jailed without bail.
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