Joseph Myhre of Lower Providence was charged Friday, April 10, 2017, with abusing his children and wife. He struck the children repeatedly in the head with pipes, police said, and shocked them with an electric dog collar.
A Montgomery County man remained jailed Monday on charges that he beat and abused his young children — including shocking them with electric dog collars — on a daily basis for several years.
Joseph Myhre of Lower Providence Township home-schooled his two children, now ages 11 and 13, and allegedly punched, kicked, choked, and struck them, shocked them with electric collars, and stuck needles under their fingernails to make them bleed, according to court records released Monday. The abuse began when the younger child was about 4 or 5, she told police.
Police began investigating the abuse last month after Myhre’s wife drove herself to the hospital following a beating. The woman had a fractured skull, and told police that Myhre had also abused their children over the last six years.
“Many times he would hit [my] head with a wooden stick,” one child told police, according to an arrest affidavit filed in the case. “Another thing he would do is shock me with a dog collar. He would also bang my head against the wall or floor sometimes. Usually blood. It was so severe one time, I needed stitches.”
Myhre, 44, who was arrested Friday, was charged with assault and harassment in the case involving his wife, and posted bail after he was arraigned on those charges. Police arrested him again on Friday on nearly 150 counts of assault, strangulation, unlawful restraint, and other crimes, for the alleged abuse of his children.
District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar set his bail at $1 million, and he is being held at the Montgomery County prison. Myhre does not yet have a lawyer to represent him in the abuse case, according to court documents.