Parents allegedly put son in “puppy cage,” other forms of abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Prosecutors charge a couple for allegedly putting their teenage son in a dog kennel for punishment, among other things.

A Springfield, Missouri prosecutor filed three counts of child abuse against each Joseph and Peggy Flores. A judge issued an arrest warrant on June 2, 2022. Authorities booked them into jail last night.

Investigators allege the couple put their teenage son in a dog kennel for punishment starting in March of 2020. According to court documents, the teenager also reported his parents would pour urine on him as punishment. (You can find the court documents in the case below this article.)

A Springfield Police Officer interviewed the teenager at the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield. The teenager claimed Joseph and Peggy would call him names and hit him with an extension cord.

During the interview, the teenager told the officer all the acts started when Springfield Public Schools were shut down and parents were forced to homeschool due to COVID. According to court documents, it was determined to be about March of 2020 while they were living in Springfield.

A medical provider examined the teenager at the Advocacy Center. According to court documents, the provider documented patterned bruising and unexplained scars.

“The medical provider documented her diagnosis as being child physical abuse with concerns that this may fit the category of child torture,” according to the Probable Cause statements against the couple.

Probable Cause for Joseph Flores -CR02770 PC Statement-RED_FINAL

Probable Cause for Peggy Flores - CR02778 PC Statement-RED_FINAL