Texas Mother Given 5 Years Probation for Spanking Her Daughter

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    Rosalina Gonzales, a mother of three from Corpus Christi, Texas, was sentenced to five years’ probation, a $50 fine, and parenting classes after pleading guilty to spanking her two-year-old daughter on the rear-end last December under the charge of “Injury to a Child.” Gonzales did not use an object to spank her daughter, and the spank did not leave a bruise, but when the child’s grandmother noticed red marks, she took the child to the hospital.

    The rest of the story: http://www.parents.com/blogs/parent...-5-years-probation-for-spanking-her-daughter/
     
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    Activist judges need to be removed from the bench.
     
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    Ridiculous abuse of judicial power.
     
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    Texas Law!
     
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    I believe in spanking. However, if you spank a 2 year old hard enough to leave red marks long enough for the doctor to see at the hospital, something is wrong, IMO.
     
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    I agree. A simple spanking should not leave marks, especially long lasting ones.
     
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    Bad judge, bad decision. Different children bruise differently then others and this one did not bruise at all. What we are seeing is a government ripping away our freedoms and liberals helping them do it. I do not necessarily see a problem with marks.
     
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    I would normally side with the mother based on what I know, but this woman admitted she broke the law.
     
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    What?! Apparently you have never dealt with a kid who is punching, kicking, and turning, and refuses to be spanked. All it takes is one misplaced slap, and it can leave a welp that will last for a couple of days.

    Frankly, it was none of the Judges D$%$ business. This is just plain sick!
     
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    She admitted to SPANKING the child. That is not against the law.
     
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    Was it a spanking or a beating? No one has mentioned the line from the article in the quote below:

    A spanking is one thing. A beating, what else can we call it, that injures a child is something else again. Spanking a 2 year old? IMHO about the only thing that will happen if you spank a 2 year old is the child will cry and that will probably make the situation worse.
     
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    The only thing that the child suffered was red marks. There was not even any bruises so there was no beating.
     
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    Court Records, Police Reports Show Corpus Christi Case About More Than Spanking

     
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    No, to be honest, I haven't. I don't know if it's how we raised them, their personalities or what but while they were never happy to get spanked, they never punched or kicked us - or refused to be spanked. They knew it was coming and while they might turn a little to deflect it, they never turned away refusing.

    But to leave a welp that lasts a few days means that you are spanking too hard - and that there are deeper issues there. The longest I think my children have ever had a mark on them was about 20 minutes. If that. And I've made it to 19 and 21 with two of my children and they are GREAT kids so I didn't underdiscipline them.
     
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    Leaving a welp as you call it is beyond a spanking. This woman needed a wake up call, and the child needed protection. Kudos to the judge, the doctor, and the grandmother. This mom was lucky not to get jail time.
     
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    For most boys, spanking doesn't work unless it raises welts. Everyone should have a good switch-growing tree in his yard.
     
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    Did all of you people read the judges comments? He didn't condemn here for spanking too hard, or anything else: he said that SPANKING in and of itself was criminal!

    Second, that is an absurd statement. Welps, red marks, etc., are all a function of ones skin type, complexion, and thickness of clothing, not necessarily how hard you are hitting. I don't bruise; you can beat the tar out of me, and I won't have a mark. Others get bruises just from touching them too firmly.

    Whether or not the mom happened to swing too hard and leave a red mark, it was still not the government's job to interfere (for that: I admit I had not read anything about the other bruising/fractures that someone posted above, which would have been cause for interference). Government interference should be reserved for serious physical and sexual abuse, not for a parent simply swinging a little too hard and leaving a "red mark." Again, the judge specifically referenced her spanking AT ALL...which is worrisome.
     
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    Also, since I've been hearing about this case in the local news, I have heard that this mother has had run-ins with CPS before for other forms of abuse. It was time she was put out of commission.

    Spanking is an antiquated way of dealing with a problem. All it really does is make the parent feel better, teach the child that violence is a legitimate option, and control behavior by intimidation and coercion. Besides, many Christian parents I know have told me that there are many more effective means of discipline.
     
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