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Police have acknowledged using a stun gun to immobilize a 12-year-old girl just weeks after an officer jolted a first-grader with 50,000 volts.

Police Director Bobby Parker defended the decision to use a Taser on the 6-year-old boy last month because he was threatening to injure himself with a shard of glass.

But Parker said Friday that he could not defend the decision to shock the fleeing girl, who was skipping school and was apparently drunk.

Officer William Nelson responded to a complaint that children were swimming in a pool, drinking alcohol and smoking cigars on the morning of Nov. 5.

Nelson said he noticed the girl was intoxicated and was walking her to his car to take her back to school when she ran away through a parking lot.

Nelson, 38, said he chased her and yelled several times for her to stop. He said he fired the Taser when she began to run into traffic. The electric probes hit the girl in the neck and lower back, immobilizing her. Paramedics treated the girl, who went home with her mother.