We've posted on dad JOSEPH R. COX before. What's getting lost here, is that this fruitcake started this human shield/police standoff thing during child visitation. He gets all kinds of touchy-feely counseling and anger management and the like. But note that there is nothing here about him actually losing his visitation rights for breaking into his ex-wife's home, obstructing a police officer, and starting this scene using his 2-year-old daughter as a taser shield.
Dad gets jail after using girl, 2, as Taser shield
BY TAMMY STABLES BATTAGLIA
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
The father who used his 2-year-old as a human shield from a police Taser in Warren was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to take parenting classes today.
At his sentencing in Macomb County Circuit Court, Joseph R. Cox, 27, of Belleville was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, take anger management classes, undergo a psychiatric evaluation and submit to random alcohol and drug testing.
Judge David Viviano gave credit for time served to Cox, who has been jailed since the incident at his ex-wife’s home in Warren in April.
Investigators said he broke in to her house, the refused an order to come out. Instead, a Warren Police officer testified, Cox stood in his ex-wife’s living room and pivoted while holding his daughter in front of him, the red light of the Taser’s target glowing on her chest.
He also pleaded guilty to third-degree home invasion and obstructing a police officer, in addition to pleading no contest to second-degree misdemeanor charge of child abuse. Cox could have faced up to four years in jail if convicted of a felony child abuse charge.
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