An Arizona mother has been charged with using a stun gun to get her teenage son up for an Easter Sunday church service, according to police. Investigators arrested 40-year-old Sharron Dobbins, of Phoenix, Sunday morning and booked her into jail on a felony child abuse charge, according to Maricopa County court documents.
According to Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV, the mother was arrested after she used a stun gun to wake her son for Sunday service.
Phoenix police say 40-year-old Sharron Dobbins “contact tazed her teenage son on the leg” in order to wake him.
“I said, ‘Get up! It’s Jesus’ Day!’” Dobbins told KNXV.
Dobbins admits she was holding a Taser but says she only flashed its lights and made it spark in order to warn her 16-year-old son.
“I made the noise with the Taser, but I did not tase my son.”
Dobbins, who appeared in court and was ordered not to have any contact with her sons, said that both of her sons are on probation.
“He has an ankle bracelet on,” Dobbins said of the 16-year-old. “He’s under my custody and everything.”
Dobbins said she would make arrangements for the boy to live elsewhere as she awaits her next hearing on April 16.
Phoenix police say they found two marks on the teen’s leg and took Dobbins into custody. Dobbins spent 12 hours in jail on Easter, KNXV reported.
“He was like, ‘Mom, I’m calling the police.’ I said, ‘You can call the police, UPS, DPS, whoever you want to call,’” Dobbins told KNXV. “Police were on the phone and I told the dispatcher, I told her, ‘You need to be with Jesus right now.’”
Police records show Dobbins was charged with one count of child abuse with intent to cause harm.
“I don’t think I did anything wrong because you’re supposed to put God first and that’s all I was trying to do is tell my kids to put God first,” said Dobbins.