A Missouri couple has been charged after the man admitted that 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 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twins from her custody. She also feared he might divorce her. The babysitter however, decided to contact police after she spotted bruises on the children. Police say she also secretly recorded Epple admitting that he knows he shouldn’t use the stun gun on the children, but insisting it doesn’t hurt. Epple was charged on Friday with three counts of child abuse or neglect. Crabtree is charged with three counts of child endangerment.