Parents have been known to do just about anything to motivate their children to do their chores and do well in school. But, what a Largo father and mother are accused of doing, authorities say, crossed the line.

According to an arrest report, Joey and Chad Mudd are now facing child abuse charges after the pair smoked marijuana with their 13 and 14 year old daughters as a form of ‘bargaining tool.’

Chad Mudd is also accused of snorting cocaine with the girls and one of their boyfriends.

“According to Joey, it was an incentive to the children,” said Pinellas Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Cristen Smith.

“If the children were going to school, doing household chores and such, that was the incentive to smoking marijuana with her.”

The mother, Joey, faces two counts of child abuse. Deputies arrested her on Monday, and she has since bonded out of jail.

The children’s father, Chad, faces seven counts of child abuse and remains behind bars. He appeared before a judge on Wednesday afternoon. A judge set his bond at $32,000.00.

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