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Grand Jury Increases Charges Against Oregon Father who Used Stun Gun on Infant SonSalem-News.com
Police say the boy was attacked as many as ten times.
(ALBANY) - The Albany man who allegedly used a 100,000 volt stun-gun device on his 18-month-old son will face stiffer charges, and is now out of jail.
A grand jury late last week returned an indictment charging 23-year-old Rian James Wittman with two counts each of first-and second-degree assault, all of which are Measure 11 crimes.
Wittman, posted bail on Monday and as part of his release agreement, Wittman is not to have contact with his wife or son.
He will be arraigned on the new charges at his next court appearance Feb. 26th.
Whittman is accused of repeatedly attacking his son with the device over a 3-week period on his arms, stomach, back, and legs.
Albany police Capt. Eric Carter says Kyle Whittman, was attacked as many as ten times.
He was treated for burns and blisters at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Kyle was then placed into protective custody by DHS.
Whittman, who works as a long-haul truck driver, has no prior criminal history, and prosecutors still don’t have a motive for the abuse.
Carter says the child’s mother, 21-year old Jennifer Whittman, told investigators that she caught her husband using the device on their son about three weeks ago.
She told investigators that when she confronted him about the abuse, Rian told her that it was never going to happen again, but then on Saturday, Feb. 3rd he did it again.
A grand jury is expected to convene in the coming days to see if any charges should be filed against Jennifer Whittman.
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