Police say Missouri man used stun gun on wife’s 3 toddlers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  – A Missouri couple has been charged after the man admitted he uses a stun gun to discipline his wife’s three toddlers.

According to a probable cause statement, 21-year-old Shelby Crabtree of Springfield told a baby sitter she didn’t report 22-year-old Gale Epple’s actions to authorities because she feared the state would remove her 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twins.

The sitter contacted police after she spotted bruises on the children. Police say he secretly recorded Epple saying he knows he shouldn’t use the stun gun on the children, but that it doesn’t hurt.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Epple was charged Friday with three counts of child abuse or neglect. Crabtree is charged with three counts of child endangerment.

Online court records don’t show they have attorneys to speak for them.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com