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Police: Toddler mistakenly hit by taser barb in Vinton arrest

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VINTON (KWWL) - A toddler was hit with one taser barb during a police struggle with a suspect in Benton County.

A 20-month-old child was taken to two different hospitals Wednesday after police deployed a taser against the child's father, Joshua Carl Hendryx, 34, of Vinton.

Hendryx had been holding the child at the time Vinton Police deployed the taser.

Hendryx was arrested and charged with domestic abuse assault, child endangerment causing injury and interference with official acts.

According to Vinton Police Chief Ted Paxton, officers were responding to a 911 call just before 10 p.m. Wednesday for a male subject in a rage who had possibly committed domestic assault.

Upon arrival, they found an adult female with abrasions, bruises and scratches to her head and torso, according to police.

Police say Hendryx had shut himself in the residence along with the couple's two children, the 20-month-old and a 5-year-old. The older child was able to escape unharmed.

Police then entered the house to arrest Hendryx, but he refused to put down the toddler, according to police.

Police say they tried negotiating with Hendryx, and finally tried to physically control Hendryx. They say Hendryx then tried to fight officers, one of whom deployed a taser.

One of the taser probes hit the 20-month-old in the left foot.

Two taser barbs need to hit a person for a taser to work, according to stun gun manufacturers.

The 20-month-old was taken to Virginia Gay Hospital before being transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to remove the probe, according to police.

Police say the case was referred to the Iowa Department of Human Services.
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