Albuquerque man accused of child abuse avoids jail time

Elden Begay
Elden Begay

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man charged with child abuse will not spend time behind bars.

Last year, Elden Begay’s 9-year-old daughter told school staffers that her father used a cattle prod on her when she failed to get up for class. There were no visible marks on her or her siblings.

Begay pleaded no contest.

In court on Tuesday, his attorney said he only showed the cattle prod to his kids to get them to behave. The judge sentenced him to 2 years’ probation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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