Mum of 15 ‘beat kids and made them watch as she boiled puppies in giant pot’

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Martha Crouch

HORROR: She is charged with a fourth-degree felony count of extreme cruelty to animals (Pic: San Juan County Sheriff’s Office)

Martha Crouch, 53, and her husband Timothy, 57, were arrested and charged after the shocking allegations were made when one of their sons was arrested.

They are also accused of beating a teenage daughter with a kitchen stool and shooting the family dog.

Martha is charged with a third-degree felony count of child abuse and a fourth-degree felony count of extreme cruelty to animals.

She has also been charged with a misdemeanour count of obstruction of investigation of child abuse or neglect.

Timothy, meanwhile, is accused of a misdemeanour count of obstruction of investigation of child abuse or neglect, according to court records.

SICK: The cops were alerted when their son was arrested (Pic: KOB4)

DENIAL: Their son Timothy claims his parents are innocent (Pic: KOB4)

The couple of Aztec, New Mexico, US, has eight sons and seven daughters.

Their eldest son, Timothy, 31, is accused of pointing a gun at three of his brothers and threatening to shoot them over an argument about food, the Daily Times reports.

His arrest, on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on May 30, led to the arrest of his parents by San Juan Sheriff.

Official documents claim the row was sparked by one of the brothers who is allergic to beef and couldn’t eat hot dogs.

They add that one young girl allegedly told authorities her mum Martha “took the puppies and put them into a giant pot and boiled them, making all the kids watch”.

CLAIM: The kids say they were only allowed to eat once a day (Pic: KOB4)

The girl also claimed Martha poisoned a kitten and police also found the body of the dead family dog, Pip, who had allegedly been shot as a punishment.

Son Timothy has insisted the allegations are false, telling KOB: “My family are wonderful people. My mom and dad are some of the best people you’ll meet.”

KOB also reports the children were only allowed to eat once per day while one of the girls was placed on a “fat chain” for three years to suppress her appetite because Martha believed she was overweight.

One young boy said he was “beaten, shot, stabbed and run over by his parents” and still had BB gun pellets still inside him from “when the mother shot him with a shotgun”.

The family would move from state to state if the police or social workers noticed something was wrong and started investigating, the children also reportedly said.

The girl also claimed Martha poisoned a kitten and police also found the body of the dead family dog, Pip, who had allegedly been shot as a punishment.

Son Timothy has insisted the allegations are false, telling KOB: “My family are wonderful people. My mom and dad are some of the best people you’llmeet.”

KOB also reports the children were only allowed to eat once per day while one of the girls was placed on a “fat chain” for three years to suppress her appetite because Martha believed she was overweight.

One young boy said he was “beaten, shot, stabbed and run over by his parents” and still had BB gun pellets still inside him from “when the mother shot him with a shotgun”.

The family would move from state to state if the police or social workers noticed something was wrong and started investigating, the children also reportedly said.

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