A Michigan man was about to get tased by police, but instead of just running or taking it like a man, he picked up his 2-year-old daughter to use as a human shield.
After forcing his way into his ex-wife's home, Joseph Raymond Cox resisted arrest when police arrived. When an officer pulled a taser out, Cox picked his daughter Chloe up and dangled the poor girl in front of him ... in the path of the taser.
Thankfully, the taser wasn't deployed, and the little girl wasn't harmed ... at least physically.
I'm not sure which is worse: People using their toddlers to help them commit crimes, like the dad who used his toddler as bait for a carjacking, or those who use them in their escape attempts after committing a crime?
A question I wish I didn't even have to ponder.
Cox was convicted this week under a plea agreement for the incident that happened in March. According to The Detroit News, he pleaded guilty to charges of home invasion and resisting and obstructing police and entered a no-contest plea to one count of second-degree child abuse.
Sentencing is set for September 30, and he could face up to a year in jail.
If that's as long as his sentence is, I say he should get tased at least three times a day while there.
What punishment would be fitting for a criminal who uses his child to protect himself from a taser? Feel free to be creative.
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