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Iowa man accused of using cattle prod to discipline children

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SWAN (AP) -- A man has been accused of using a cattle prod to discipline two children in south-central Iowa.
   Court records say 36-year-old Travis Coker, of rural Swan in Marion County, pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of felony child endangerment causing injury. The records don't show a trial date.
   Criminal complaints say the girls reported that Coker used the prod to shock them as a "form of discipline."
   Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt says the 11- and 13-year-old girls weren't doing their chores fast enough on the family farm, so Coker decided to use the prod -- a hand-held rod that delivers an electric shock to control livestock.
   The court records also say Coker and his wife corroborated the girls' statements.
 

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