Friday, August 12, 2016

When Discipline Turns To Violent Child Abuse

Every parent takes a unique approach to child discipline, but there are clearly defined legal boundaries that no parent should cross. The law provides certain limits for discipline that, when exceeded, can have serious legal consequences for parents.

An Arkansas mother and father were recently brought up on charges of child abuse after a babysitter found bruises covering their six-year-old child’s face, chest, arms, legs and buttocks. After the babysitter reported the child’s injuries to the authorities, the police launched an investigation that turned up evidence of child abuse.

Police suspect the parents were in the habit of disciplining the boy with a paddle made from wood that was 1 1/8 inches thick. Authorities also believe the parents routinely slapped the boy across the face as a form of punishment for misbehavior. This case demonstrates what can happen when discipline goes too far. Reports of abuse to the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are taken very seriously, and if abuse is evident, the parents or caretakers responsible for the child’s protection may face criminal charges. The ultimate result could be jail time, large fines, probation and a loss of custody, which can have devastating effects on a family for many years into the future.

Allegations of child abuse are taken very seriously in Little Rock and West Tennessee. The courts and police aggressively pursue any course of action necessary to protect children from abuse. It is important to seek legal counsel if you are involved in any legal matter related to this issue.

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