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Parents Accused of Giving Kids Drugs as 'Bargaining Tool'

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    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, Florida father and mother are accused of doing, authorities say, crossed the line. (Published Thursday, May 7, 2015)

    Authorities say a Florida couple gave their teenage daughters cocaine and marijuana if they went to school and did household chores.

    Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives said Chad and Joey Mudd gave their daughters, ages 13 and 14, drugs as a "bargaining tool" for school attendance and doing chores. They were arrested Monday.

    According to an affidavit, the mother said she smoked pot with her daughters and the father said he snorted cocaine with the teens in his truck.

    Chad Mudd, the 36-year-old father, was charged with seven counts of child abuse and possession of cocaine. Joey Mudd, the girls' 34-year-old mom, was charged with child abuse.

    Mudd's attorney argued in court that the seven counts of child abuse was excessive. The judge ordered his bond at $30,000 and they were both released on bail.

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