Phoenix mother accused of using Taser on son to wake him up for church
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A Phoenix mother is accused of using a Taser on her 17-year-old son in order to get him up for Easter church services.
According to court paperwork, 40-year-old Sharron Dobbins tased the teen on his leg so he would get up for church.
Dobbins says she only "sparked" the Taser to get him up for church and never actually tased him.
"I did not touch him at all with the taser," Dobbins told FOX 10's Matt Rodewald. "I made the sound with the taser."
Dobbins even gave a walkthrough of her Easter Sunday morning, when she was reportedly frustrated by her two teenage sons, one of whom talked back to her when told to send his friends home, so that the family could go to church.
"He said some cuss words to me, and he said that his friends don't have to go anywhere," Dobbins recounted. She went on to say she returned to her room, grabbed a taser, and returned to the edge of her son's room.
Dobbins said she was at least five feet away from her son at the time.
"I had the taser in my hand, and I made the noise with the taser, and so, he was like, 'I'm calling police'," said Dobbins.
Dobbins said her son called police, and when they arrived, she was unfazed. After a quick conference outside, however, her heart sank.
"He came back and said put everything down, and I said for what," Dobbins recounted. "He said for tasing your son. I said I didn't tase my son, I made the noise. He said that it's domestic violence against a minor. So they handcuffed me. I start crying and got in the back of the police car."
During her initial court appearance, the judge released her without bail, but with some conditions.
"Once you're released, you're not to initiate any contact with the arresting officer, you are not to possess any weapons, including a taser," the judge said.
Police impounded the Taser and said there were two small bumps on the teen's leg.
Dobbins is facing a child abuse charge and will be back in court later this month.