Kentucky parents accused of using cattle prod to punish their four children.

Errol Couch Jr. and Cheyenne Couch
Errol Couch Jr. and Cheyenne Couch Barren County Detention Center

Two Glasgow parents of four children have been charged after allegedly punishing their children in a cruel way.

Errol Couch Jr., 35, and Cheyenne Couch, 33, confessed to using a cattle prod to discipline their children, ranging in ages from 1 to 12, according to WBKO. They were arrested last week.

Cattle prods are commonly used to make livestock move by either striking or poking them. Some are electric and give a high-voltage shock. But it’s not clear what type the Couches used.

An investigation into their actions began in August when social services learned how the Couches punish their children, WBKO reported.

The crimes allegedly occurred between May 25 and Aug. 3, the Glasgow Daily Times reported.

The parents were each charged with four counts of criminal abuse of a child 12 or under and evidence tampering, according to court records. They have been placed in the Barren County Detention Center.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year.