BROOKS — The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department says a Maine man used a shock collar intended for animals on his son.

Officials charged 28-year-old James Kuhn of Brooks with two counts of domestic assault. Investigators say the 7-year-old boy told school officials about the abuse, reporting that in addition to the shock collar his father “tried to break his back” by kicking him.

A jail official says Kuhn was arrested Friday and was released Monday on $2,500 bail.

Bail conditions bar him from having contact with the boy and his sister, who are now in the care of their mother. Jail records did not indicate whether Kuhn had a lawyer.

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