KNOXVILLE, Iowa — A central Iowa man has been accused of placing a dog shock collar around the neck of his 12-year-old son in an attempt to discipline him.
An affidavit by Knoxville police said Daniel Hardwick, 35, put the collar around his son's neck and shocked him to motivate him to do chores.
He is also accused of putting the child in a highchair at the curb with a sign that read “I refused to eat my big boy food, please feed me — I'm hungry.”
Knoxville Police Chief Daniel Losada said he could not specify when the alleged abuse occurred, but he noted that it may have happened within the past 30 days.
Hardwick was arrested Thursday after the State Department of Human Services contacted authorities.
Hardwick is charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.
Losada said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.
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