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Man accused of using stun gun on one child, driving two out into cold rain without warm clothes

John Thompson • Nov 14, 2019 at 11:00 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County man has been accused of using a stun gun on a small child and driving two boys out into a cold rain.

Michael Anthony Dussault, 58, 520 Jena Beth Drive, was charged by the Elizabethton Police Department with two counts of neglect of a child under 8 years old.

He made his first appearance in Carter County Sessions Court on Wednesday. His case was continued to Nov. 26.

Detective Joe Harrah reported that Elizabethton officers were called to a residence on Oct. 31. The resident told the officers she saw two young boys on her front porch, saying they were not wearing shoes and that the only clothes they were wearing were pants and t-shirts on the cold and rainy day.

The police officers identified the children and determined they were ages 4 and 6. The boys told police they had been temporarily in the care of Dussault when their caretaker had to gone to the store.

The 6 year old told police that Dussault had “tased” him in the stomach with a stun gun while inside Dussault’s residence. Officers said the boy had red marks on his torso. The younger brother said the stun gun had not been used on him, but had seen Dussault use the stun gun on his brother. The boys told police the implement made a “pop, pop, pop” sound.

The boys said Dussault then told them to “get outa” of his house. The boys said they had only been at the house for five minutes when the incident happened.

The older boy said they left Dussault’s house around noon. They arrived at the other residence around 2 p.m. The boys had to walk through the woods and over a ridge to get to the second residence.

Harrah said the older boy identified Dussault in a photo lineup as the man he said had used a stun gun on him and made the boys run outside without shoes or warm clothing.

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