More charges against Montgomery County dad accused of using shock collar on kids

Authorities have announced additional charges against a married Montgomery County man accused of beating and abusing his two young children for years.

The new charges against 44-year-old Joseph Myhre of Collegeville are related to alleged assaults committed against his wife.

They include multiple felony counts of Aggravated Assault and Strangulation, as well as Unlawful Restraint, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Possession of an Instrument of Crime and Harassment.

The initial charges against Myhre were announced Monday.

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A married man beat and abused his two children for years, even shocking them with an electric dog collar and jamming small blades under their nails, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say he shocked his two children with an electric dog collar and jammed small blades under their nails.

Myhre allegedly punched, kicked, choked and otherwise abused the boy, who's now 13, and the girl, who's 11, over the past six years, authorities said. He repeatedly struck the children with a wooden dowel or PVC pipe, shocked them with electric collars and stuck lancets under their fingernails and toenails, authorities said.

According to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, Myhre was video arraigned Thursday morning on the additional charges before Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Rebar.

Bail was set at an additional $1 million. Myhre is now being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on a total of $2 million bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 1.


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