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Body cam video depicts struggle before Vinton tasering incident

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VINTON (KWWL) -  Police body cam video from a Vinton police officers shows a toddler being accidentally hit with a taser prong during a struggle with a suspect.

Police were trying to arrest 34-year-old Joshua Hendryx who was holding the child when police deployed the taser.

Luckily the child wasn't shocked and only sustained a puncture wound to the back of his ankle.

"Josh, we don't want your son to get hurt, put your son down," one officer said during the struggle with Hendryx.

The argument continued as Josh refused to let go of the toddler in his arms.

Before the exchange, police say he was in a rage -- punching, choking, and throwing around another female in the home, all while a 20-month-old toddler and a 5 year old were present.

"You are going to jail tonight," the officer said to Hendryx, captured on body cam video.

Vinton's police chief said his officers believed it would be detrimental to get too close to Hendryx.

When they saw an opportunity to seize control of the situation, an officer deployed a taser.

In the scuffle, the toddler in Hendryx arms caught a prong in the back of his ankle. 

"It was a split second decision, I'm just glad the child wasn't hurt seriously, and I'm glad the victim was able to reunite with the child.

Especially in a situation like this, when seconds or inches could have made a difference.

Paxton said he stands by his officers, he believes they did the right thing.

Hendryx is facing multiple charges of child endangerment and abuse.

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