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.
It would be helpful to know how long after the spanking it was when grandma noticed the red marks.
I don't spank my children. I don't hit my dogs, for that matter. I guess I wouldn't go so far as to criminalize it where it's fairly mild. There are probably a lot of parents who lack the discipline necessary to successfully implement better training methods.
But, it does seem a little strange that we forbid hitting except where the target is helpless and trusts you.
"lost custody of her children"
There's spanking and then there's violent hitting.
I don't believe spanking ever left me with red marks. It was never more than an open palm to the fanny 2 or three times.
It did leave me with a vivid understanding that I had disappointed and/or hurt my parents, and that I did something I should not do.
I get so sick of seeing parents negotiating behavior with their kids -- kids who are clearly yanking their parent's chain throughout the entire process.
From all indications, the kids usually win as the exasperated parent promises to make the kid go to their room when they get home. Or something equally wimpy.
"I don't believe spanking ever left me with red marks."
Then you weren't spanked. Further, sometimes it's a spanking; sometimes it's a whipping, depending on what you did.
Stay out of Texas. It's a horrible, total government, un-free, authoritarian place.
Parenting tip: if CPS ever comes for your kids, let the government take them, and walk away. Don't play the CPS game. Don't let them think they have something you want. Let them know you won't follow one single order or instruction these enemies will give. Let the government choke on all the kids it takes.
Apparently spanking is in the ass of the beholder.
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