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.
Please contact the office of HuffmanButler.com for more information!