Mother jailed for using electric dog collar on toddler

A British woman who used an electric dog collar on a toddler during a “cruel” catalogue of abuse has been jailed for three years and four months.

Lanna Monaghan had acquired the device, which can deliver electric shocks, after witnessing its apparent effectiveness, the High Court in Glasgow heard.

The 34-year-old, who is pregnant, admitted using the collar on a boy on several occasions in July 2015, repeatedly fixing it to his neck and inflicting shocks.

She also admitted four further charges of abuse over a 15-month period between April 2014 and July 2015 at addresses in the Highlands, including kicking the child, hitting him with a wooden spoon, biting him and subjecting him to cold showers while kicking him.

Sentencing Monaghan, who wept throughout, judge Rae said: “You have pleaded guilty to a catalogue of offences over the period of 15 months involving the physical abuse of a defenceless little boy.

“He did not suffer lasting physical effects, but it is impossible to determine what the emotional impact on this little boy will be in the future.”


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