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Salem Police Say Man Used Dog Shock Collar on His Kids

The children, ages 9, 8, 6 and 3 were released to the custody of their mother and the case referred to DHS.

41-year old Todd Marcum
Police say 41-year old Todd Marcum shocked his kids with a dog collar because he thought it was funny.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem Police detectives have arrested a Salem father for using a dog shock collar on his four children. Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada says the man, 41-year old Todd Marcum, shocked the kids because he thought it was funny.

Marcum was arrested on May 5th on four counts of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree and transported to the Marion County Jail.

"The investigation revealed that Marcum put an electronic dog collar on his four children and he admitted to shocking all of them at least once because he thought it was funny," Okada said.

"He also got entertainment out of chasing his 3-year old son around with the collar and making him cry at just the thought of being shocked."

Okada says the children, ages 9, 8, 6 and 3 were released to the custody of their mother and the case referred to DHS.

"Although it should not be necessary, the Salem Police Department would like to remind people that shock collars and devices are not toys and should not be played with. These devices are designed to control disruptive or aggressive behavior and are not intended for amusement."

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WOW August 20, 2009 4:26 pm (Pacific time)

Noone needs that kind of treatment.

Kara May 17, 2009 2:57 pm (Pacific time)

As someone seeking a career in Child Protection, I find what this man did cruel and absolutely horrifying. People like him don't deserve to have children, who do nothing but love their parents. I sincerely hope that those children are never put in his custody again.

A solution for him May 7, 2009 1:04 pm (Pacific time)

put that shock collar on his winky and charge it all the way. Oh, he may like it. Ok, strap it to the nutsac.

BBP May 7, 2009 1:01 am (Pacific time)

This guy is a Scumbag.

Editor: Nasty as this guy may be, you can't make threats in the comment section.

ArcDome May 6, 2009 7:23 pm (Pacific time)

Man, there are some real losers in Salem, first the dog-rapist and now this f%^$wit.

Mike H. May 6, 2009 1:13 pm (Pacific time)

It's scary to know the kind of garbage that is around in Salem. You never think about it til' you read it in the news all the time. I hope this man gets what he deserves in jail. Maybe the inmates will find some way to 'entertain' themselves with him.

jimmy May 6, 2009 8:45 am (Pacific time)

Hope he enjoys his time in jail. I hope his fellow inmates will let him know how wrong that really was.

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