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Child abuse case alleges Larimore man shot BB gun at children, scared them with Taser

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LARIMORE, N.D.—Two Larimore residents face child neglect charges after one allegedly used a Taser to scare his children and shot at them with a BB gun.

Casey Jerome Lunski, 34, and Angela Kay Lunski, 45, had initial appearances Thursday in Grand Forks District Court, where they have been charged with child neglect-parental care, a Class C felony. Casey Lunski also was charged with a Class C felony charge of child abuse.

Court documents filed Feb. 13 detail the alleged abuse by Casey Lunski against two children. The Grand Forks Sheriff's Office began to investigate the alleged acts in November after receiving calls from a family member and Larimore school officials.

One child said Casey Lunski would scare the children by getting close to them and turning on a Taser stun gun, according to court documents. Casey Lunski also allegedly would shoot a BB gun at the children, and one of them had a mark on her foot from the gun, court documents said.

Other instances included hitting a child's head and back against a wall, twisting arms to cause pain, pulling hair and striking the head of a child, according to court documents. The children said the alleged abuse resulted in bruising.

Angela Lunski would sometimes yell at Casey Lunski, but one child said, "she doesn't do anything," court documents said.

Officers made multiple failed attempts to contact the Lunskis before they were arrested Wednesday afternoon.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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