This week, a local woman avoided jail time, but her case made it clear that local prosecutors and judges will not tolerate what used to be a much more accepted practice.The woman also lost custody of her children. To see the rest of the article, click here.
Back in December, police arrested Rosalina Gonzales for Injury to a Child, related to the spanking of her daughter, who was nearly two years old at the time.
It was her daughter's grandmother who noticed red marks on the child's rear end, and took her to Driscoll Children's Hospital to be checked out.
Wednesday, Gonzales was in court to plead guilty to the charge after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.
She'll be on probation for five years and during that time, will have to take parenting classes, follow all CPS guidelines, and make a one-time $50 payment to the Children's Advocacy Center.
But before she was let go, 214th District Court Judge Jose Longoria made it very clear to her and everyone else that even a simple straight forward case of spanking is a crime.
"You don't spank children today," said Longoria, "in the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don't spank children. You understand?"
Gonzales answered, "Yes, sir."
I checked the Indiana statute of limitations. My parents are off the hook. Seriously, I'm not sure why this lady pled guilty. If she asks for a jury, the prosecutor will never come close to getting the unanimous vote required for a conviction.
I wouldn't be surprised if a fury is raised as this story starts circulating the country. I don't know who selects the judge and prosecutor in Texas, but if they are selected by the voters, I'd be surprised if they make it past the next election.