The 40-year-old said she made the noise with the taser, but did not tase her son.
A mother from Arizona was arrested for allegedly using a stun gun to wake her son for Easter church service. One Easter Sunday morning the then 40-year-old Sharron Dobbins tried to get her 16-year-old ready for church. Easter services at Greater New Zion Missionary Baptist Church had started at sunrise that day but her teen was not ready to go even two hours later and insisted on staying home with his friends, according to his mother. “I said, ‘Get up! It’s Jesus day!’” Dobbins recalled to Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV. Dobbins "contact tased her teenage son on the leg" in order to wake him.
The mom said she only flashed its lights and made it spark. "I made the noise with the taser, but I did not tase my son," she affirmed. However, police say that they found two marks on the teen's leg and took Dobbins into custody. "He was like, 'Mom, I'm calling the police.' I said, 'You can call the police, UPS, DPS, whoever you want to call,'" Dobbins told KNXV. "Police were on the phone and I told the dispatcher, I told her, 'You need to be with Jesus right now.'" Dobbins was charged with one count of child abuse with intent to cause harm and spent 12 hours in jail on Easter. "I don't think I did anything wrong because you're supposed to put God first and that's all I was trying to do is tell my kids to put God first," said Dobbins. Before her arrest, an officer came to her house and after speaking to her sons, the officer informed her she would be charged with child abuse. “He said, ‘You’re going to jail.’ I said, ‘For what?’” she told Fox 10. "He said for tasing your son. I said I didn't tase my son, I made the noise. He said that it's domestic violence against a minor. So they handcuffed me. I start crying and got in the back of the police car."
Describing the incident with her son, she said, "He said some cuss words to me, and he said that his friends don't have to go anywhere," Dobbins recounted. She went on to say she returned to her room, grabbed a taser, and came back to the edge of her son's room. The mom claimed that she was at least five feet away from her son at the time. "I had the taser in my hand, and I made the noise with the taser, and so, he was like, 'I'm calling police'," said Dobbins. The mom was released after being asked to adhere to several conditions. "Once you're released, you're not to initiate any contact with the arresting officer, you are not to possess any weapons, including a taser," the judge said. A police report stated that her son eventually decided he didn’t want his mom prosecuted. Dobbins said, her son had to live with his aunt, by court order, at least until her first hearing. “He feels bad,” she told Fox 10. “He keeps hugging me, like, ‘Mom, this is crazy.’”