Police: Couple Used Dog Shock Collar on Son, Caged Kids During Drug Use

Associated Press

May 3, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

TOLEDO, Ohio — A boy was locked up in a small dog cage when he was being punished and while his father used drugs, and he sometimes had to wear a shock collar, authorities said.

His parents appeared briefly in court Thursday on charges of child endangerment and making or selling drugs in front of the boy, 10, and his 5-year-old brother.

Jessica Botzko, 28, and John Westover, 37, were arrested Wednesday, a day after the boys were left alone at home and ran away. They were found on a neighbor’s porch.

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