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EXCLUSIVE: Grandmother of Alleged Stun Gun Victims Speaks Out


PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As one Putnam County mother is facing several charges of child abuse for using a stun-gun on her children, the kid's grandmother is speaking out about a very troubling past.

She says this isn't the first time her grand kids have been hurt by their mother.

They're stories that will send a shiver down your spine, and Bernice Carpenter has too many tell..

"She got on top of him and shoved the cigarette down his throat," shared Bernice Carpenter. "I've seen them literally get whipped. I would call it beating."

They're so-called "punishments, not for adults, but for children.

"You could see the fear in their eyes," remembered Carpenter.

Carpenter alleges that fear and that abuse came from the kid's mother, Betty Basham.

However, the worst offense, and the one Basham is facing charges for, isn't told by Carpenter but by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. They claim Basham used a stun-gun on her three boys, two of which are Carpenter's grandsons.

"How can a child actually go through that?" questioned Carpenter.

Bacham and her children actually used to live just feet from Carpenter's home in a now-empty lot. It was then that Carpenter reminded the kids there was always an escape.

Though she blames Child Protective Services for not acting fast enough after repeated warnings, Carpenter also believes Basham is a victim, of her past.

"From what she says, she came from an abusive family as well," said Carpenter.

While she says it is too late to save Bacham's children from the experiences of their past, Carpenter says she wants every other kid to know there is help out there.

"No child should have to go through that. None," exclaimed Carpenter.

WSAZ reached out to Betty Basham for comment, but she didn't want to talk to us.

We also reached out to Child Protective Services. We're waiting to hear back.

Basham has not yet appeared in court.


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