A woman who used an electric dog collar on a toddler during a “cruel” catalogue of abuse has been jailed for three years and four months.
Lanna Monaghan had acquired the device, which can deliver electric shocks, after witnessing its apparent effectiveness, the High Court in Glasgow heard.
The 34-year-old, who is pregnant, admitted using the collar on a boy on several occasions in July 2015, repeatedly fixing it to his neck and inflicting shocks.
Sentencing Monaghan, who wept throughout, judge Lady Rae said: “You have pleaded guilty to a catalogue of offences over the period of 15 months involving the physical abuse of a defenceless little boy.
“He did not suffer lasting physical effects, but it is impossible to determine what the emotional impact on this little boy will be in the future.”
Referring to the use of the dog collar, she added: “I can’t see why any right-minded person would use such an implement on an animal, let alone a child.”
Lady Rae, who described the abuse as “cruel”, rejected Monaghan’s assertion that she was encouraged to do this by a family member, given that it was a relative who reported her to the authorities.
“You should be thankful that you were eventually reported for what you were doing.”
The court heard Monaghan, who served in the Army for nine years, had been diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder and had experienced an emotionally and physically abusive childhood.
An NSPCC Scotland spokesman said: “The details of this horrendous abuse were truly disturbing and it is right that a custodial sentence has been imposed.
“This defenceless toddler will need support, love and stability to help him recover from the attacks to which he was subjected.