GALLATIN, Tenn. – A Gallatin couple was arrested last weekend after officers discovered bruising on their young children's bottoms and their home covered in dog feces.
Officers responded to the family's home on Saturday following reports from neighbors that Joshua Moses Haynes and Angela Bergen were forcing their children, ages four and eight, to perform "military disciplinary actions" in their front yard, including push-ups, sit-ups and running.
Witnesses also reported the pair were observed yelling and blowing whistles at the kids, forcing them to put their faces into the dirt, "and possibly made them eat it," according to affidavits filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.
Officials later the discovered the children had bruises on their bottoms, caused by spankings with a rubber spoon.
According to a report in the Gallatin News Examiner, a walkthrough of the family's home revealed messy living conditions, including dog feces on the walls and floor, uncovered food on the counters and roaches running across the floor.
Two front windows were also observed to broken with no attempts at repair, the paper reported.
Haynes and Bergen were arrested and charged with child abuse or neglect. Haynes was additionally charged with three counts of aggravated assault.
Haynes' bond was set at $75,000 for the aggravated assault charges and $10,000 for the abuse charge. Bergen's bond has been set at $5,000.