07/10/2017 12:07 EDT | Updated 07/10/2017 12:08 EDT

Gale Epple, Missouri Man, Charged After Allegedly Using Stun Gun To Discipline Toddlers

His wife is also charged with child endangerment.

Greene County Sheriff's Office

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 babysitter she didn't report 22-year-old Gale Epple's actions to authorities because she feared the state would remove her two-year-old daughter and one-year-old twins.

The sitter contacted police after she spotted bruises on the children. Police say she 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.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader

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