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UPDATE: Mother accused of using stun gun against children

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PUTNAM COUNTY, WV - UPDATE:

A mother accused of using a stun gun on her children has been indicted. Betty Basham is charged with three counts child abuse resulting in bodily injury. The indictments were handed down by a grand jury July 17, 2014.


UPDATE:

A man is speaking out after his girlfriend was arrested on child abuse charges. James Bradford lives with Betty Basham in Nitro--the mother was accused of using a stun gun on her children."No, she did not use a stun gun," Bradford said. "They made it up."

Deputies charged Basham with three counts of child abuse after Child Protective Services spoke with her children, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint states one child alleged their mother had used a stun gun on them New Year's Day.
Basham's children also told officers that they were "whipped" on a daily basis.  A daughter also complained of being "whipped" daily, according to the complaint.
A sign outside the couple's house Wednesday read: "Kids lie when they don't get their way. Demon kids do."
When asked why the children would fabricate the story, Basham replied: "Cause really, they're demon children. Check them out, check their school records."
Bradford added the kids probably lied because "they don't get lavish things."
But one doesn't need to look far for lavish things. A hummer was parked outside the couple's house Wednesday. They later hopped into the vehicle and drove away.
Deputies continue to investigate the child abuse claims.
"I cannot think of one explanation or why somebody as a parent would take a tazer and taze their children," said Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese. "It's beyond me."
A CPS worker identified a mark resembling a bee sting on the boy's leg. Deweese said the mark is consistent with other stun gun injuries. CPS placed the children into the care of a relative.
"It's a jolt of electricity that's the longest five seconds of your life," Deweese said.
A criminal complaint indicated the weapon allegedly used looked like a telephone.
"There is a fine line between abuse and discipline," Deweese said.
Bradford denied he and Basham meted out any form of discipline to the four children.
"You can't because CPS will come and take them and they'll threaten," Bradford said. "You can't take nothing away from them [the children] because they tear everything up they got."
Basham declined to go on camera, but Bradford did make a statement on her behalf: "She loves her children. It's all a big lie."
The four children attended two different schools in Putnam County. We reached out to one guidance counselor, who said school officials are obligated to report allegations of child abuse to the proper authorities.
"Our teachers that were aware of the situation are saddened about what the children have gone through. But we're tickled they get to stay with us because we really care," he said.
Basham bonded out of South Central Regional Jail last week. A pre-trial hearing will be scheduled sometime this month.
She was charged with three counts of child abuse resulting in injury.
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ORIGINAL:

A mother was arrested and charged with child abuse after police say she used a stun gun on three of her children.

Betty R. Basham, was charged with three counts of child abuse after deputies and Child Protective Services spoke with her children, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint states that one of the children told deputies that their mother had used a stun gun on them on New Year's Eve.

Basham's children also told officers that they were "whipped" on a daily basis.  A daughter also complained of being "whipped" daily, according to the complaint.