Parenting tip of the day: Your 3-year-old shouldn't be used as a human shield.
Jason Troxel's story is a sad one. If what Johnson County Sheriff's deputies say is true, Troxel used his 3-year-old son as a human shield as he ran from a residence in the 800 block of Lindenwood in Olathe on Valentine's Day. Why was he running? The deputies were serving a protection from abuse order with child removal. The whole situation went south from there.
The deputies chased Troxel, who fell to the ground with his son. When he tried to get up, a deputy fired a Taser, which mistakenly struck the child in the legs. Troxel started running again, but deputies were able to stop him and wrestle the child from him. Troxel decided to run again, but a deputy tackled him and subdued him with a Taser.
The 3-year-old was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released to his mother.
Troxel, 33, is charged with battery on a law officer, obstruction of legal process and endangering a child.
The Star has a few more details that leave more questions than answers to what was going on inside Troxel's head:
Deputies said they went to the residence after Troxel's estranged wife filed an order of protection Monday and got a court order to remove their two young sons.
She said in the protection request that when she went earlier in the day to get the boys, Troxel acted erratically and would not let her take them. He had both exits blocked, called a school to see whether she was drugging the boys and thought the landlord was bugging his house, she wrote.