Mother charged with felony for spanking two-year-old child

I don’t have kids but I sure got spanked growing up and I was lucky if I only had red marks. Red marks go away pretty quickly. It’s the black and blue marks that stay with you for a while. Trust me, I know.

Whether or not she spanked a two-year-old too hard might be up for discussion. But a felony charge?

The other thing that struck me (other than her mother/-in-law turning her in) was what the judge said to the woman. I’ve bolded it below:

CNS News – A Texas judge has put a mother on probation for spanking her child.

Rosalina Gonzales pleaded guilty in court this week to a felony charge of injury to a child. Prosecutors say she spanked her 2-year-old daughter so hard it left red marks.

The child’s grandmother discovered the marks and took her to the hospital to be checked out.

Before District Court Judge Lose Longoria released Gonzales he made it clear that spanking is not allowed in this day and age.

You don’t spank children today. In the old days, maybe we got spanked but that was a different world. You don’t spank children — you understand?” the judge told the defendant.

Gonzales answered, “Yes, sir.”

Gonzales currently does not have custody of her daughter or other children. She’s now on probation for five years and will have to take parenting classes.

Since when did spanking become illegal? I have friends who firmly believe in corporal punishment with their children and it works. The do it cautiously and they talk to their children about what they’ve done wrong and why they deserve it. They don’t like to do it but sometimes that’s what it takes.

This judge stepped way over the line by telling her that she can’t spank her children.

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