Palm Coast Mother Charged With Child Abuse For Tasing Her 15-Year-Old Son
FlaglerLive | February 2, 2015
Rhonda Gulsen, a 54-year-old resident of Fairfax Court in Palm Coast, was jailed on a child abuse charge Sunday afternoon after allegedly shocking her 15-year-old son with a Taser stun gun. Her son had asked her why she’d been looking at him a certain way.
According to Gulsen’s arrest report, Gulsen’s 80-year-old father and 74-year-old mother witnessed much of the incident, which took place at 4 p.m. Sundat at their house in Palm Coast’s P-Section.
“Why are you looking at me like that?” the boy asked his mother, at which point, the report states, his mother cursed him repeatedly, told him she would talk to him any way she pleases, called him crude names and apparently stood by as his aunt “began to attack him, striking him in the forehead and body numerous times.” The boy’s aunt has since flown back to New York, according to the arrest report.
As this was happening, one of the grandparents tried to intercede to stop the violence even as Gulsen was allegedly “egging her on,” telling the aunt to “beat him,” among other things. Moments later, when the boy had gone outside, Gulsen allegedly tased him in the upper left arm. The grandfather did not witness the tasing, he told police, but said he’d “heard the loud electrical noise that a stun gun makes” and saw Gulsen pass the gun.
The boy had two small burn marks on the back of his upper left arm, “consistent with the damage a stun gun will cause,” the report states. The grandparents told police that they believe Gul;sen is a threat to her son and were in fear for his safety when she is in his presence. They told police that while they have not seen her attack him physically, they have heard her “tell him ‘I will kill you’ as well as cursing him and inflicting emotional trauma on countless occasions,” the report states.
Gulsen was booked at the Flagler County jail on $2,500 bond. She posted bail and was released. The child abuse charge she faces is a third-degree felony.