Crestview Man Charged with Shocking Girls with Dog Collar

A Crestview man was arrested Tuesday on charges he used a dog shock collar to punish an 8-year-old and a 4-year-old girl.

Michael Lee Mitchell, 28, of 2494 S. Lakeview Drive, Crestview, was arrested by Okaloosa County Sheriff's police on two felony counts of child abuse.

Police said Mitchell punished the 8-year-old by making her do extreme physical activity, which he called "suicides," until the girl vomited.

The child told investigators Mitchell also put a dog shock collar around her arm after first threatening to put it around her neck. He would make the girl run long distances and if she stopped running, Mitchell would shock her, police said.

Police say investigators from the sheriff's office and Department of Children & Families also were told that Mitchell forced the girl to run alongside of his car for at least three miles. Mitchell also placed the shock collar around the 4-year-old's waist and shocked her for waht he determined was bad behavior, police said.

Police also said Mitchhell admitted to investigators that the punishment was "extreme and over the edge."

Mitchell was taken to the Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview.

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