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Family members arrested after using stun gun on 17-year-old

COVINGTON -- Family members of a 17-year-old girl who attacked her Saturday afternoon with a stun gun, apparently with the intention of forcing her to accompany them, were arrested and taken to jail, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Stepfather Douglas Dampier, 56, of Melbourne, Florida; mother Lori Dampier, 51, of McDonough, were charged with trespassing, aggravated assault (Family Violence Act); and Harold Condo, 53, also of McDonough, who was videotaping the incident, was charged with trespassing.

The 17-year-old girl had apparently been staying with a Conyers woman for the past year. The two of them went to 326 Mt. Tabor Road in Oxford, where they have a horse boarded at the stables there, about 2:15 Saturday afternoon.

"While there, they saw Douglas Dampier holding one of the horses and then (the girl's) mother approached her and demanded that she come with them. They had a stun gun with them," Crum said. "Harold Condo was taping the whole incident with a video camera."

Crum said the girl didn't want to go and that's when things apparently got rough.

"Douglas grabbed her, allegedly pulling her hair and put his knee near her throat and was choking her, trying to drag her off the property by the hair," Crum said. "The mother was trying to help remove the girl and hit her several times and used the stun gun ... "

Crum said there were several other people at the stables at the time and they intervened on behalf of the young girl.

"They grabbed the father and took him to the ground and held him. They knocked the stun gun away from the mother and she was also taken to the ground," he said. "Deputies arrived and Harold Condo showed them the video that was taken and they arrested him, as well."

Crum said the mother of the girl alleged that the FBI, the Henry County DA and her own attorney had told her she could take her adult daughter off the property by force and that she had a court order to that effect. She was unable to produce any documentation.

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momofone 1 year, 7 months ago

Technically, the mother has legal authority over her daughter until she turns 18. However, mom's recourse to her daughter not living with her is to go and file a runaway charge, list where she believes her daughter is and handle it through the courts. Her other recourse would have been to notify local law enforcement that her runaway daughter is at this location and to request that a deputy meet her there and then have a discussion with her daughter and demand that she return home. If the girl has been living with this other person for over a year, sounds like there is reason for it. Mom had legal alternatives to what she did-she should stay in jail. Who in the world uses a stun gun on their own kid?

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will 1 year, 7 months ago

WOW this is mother of the year credentials and the stepfather he sound like he has his act together also. If they were my parents I would run away also.

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lisahobart 1 year, 7 months ago

This young girl is VERY smart, determined and has the drive of more adults I've ever known and will one day have an extremely powerful and life changing testimony BUT ONLY with the power of God. Everyone that reads this or knows YOU, THE READER, or this young lady and her family need to pray like never before. God has GOT to give this girl the strength she needs to turn her first 17 years of life into something remarkable and life changing. If she can pull through this, her testimony will one day change lives!!!! My heart is broken, as well as my daughters', and I would give just about ANYTHING to wrap my arms around this beautiful teenager and hold her as long as needed. I hope one day she finds comfort in these comments and the memories she has shared with my family and my daughter. Regardless of what we've been through over the years, we love you sweetie and I believe in you and expect great things from you, but more importantly, will ALWAYS be here for you!!! Love, Ms. Lisa

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conyerac 1 year, 7 months ago

Stun gun? no......wish her a happy life and go on....she's 17...an adult in the laws eyes....and I've always been told that law enforcement cannot pick them up unless they have done something wrong...and WAS TOLD that running away was not a crime....my how times have changed.....seems like family is need of alot of prayers and hoping that the young lady makes the correct decisions in life......

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