Friday, June 17, 2011

Woman Gets Probation and Loses Custody of Children - For Spanking

As a parent, this is frightening. I really don't understand the judge's reasoning here or how it could be considered a felony. When did spanking a child become outlawed? The erosion of parental rights continues in our country.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CBS) -- A judge in Corpus Christi, Texas some harsh words for a mother charged with spanking her own child, before sentencing her to probation.

"You don't spank children today," said Judge Jose Longoria. "In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don't spank children."

Rosalina Gonzales had pleaded guilty to a felony charge of injury to a child for what prosecutors had described as a "pretty simple, straightforward spanking case." They noted she didn't use a belt or leave any bruises, just some red marks.

As part of the plea deal, Gonzales will serve five years probation, during which tiume she'll have to take parenting classes, follow CPS guidelines, and make a $50 payment to the Children's Advocacy Center.

She was arrested back in December after the child's paternal grandmother noticed red marks on the child's rear end. The grandmother took the girl, who was two years-old at the time, to the hospital to be checked out.

Gonzales doesn't have custody of the child or her other two children. She is trying to get them back, but until CPS feels she is ready the kids are living with their paternal grandmother.
Before I get a lot of comments about how spanking doesn't work or how there are better forms of discipline (I generally agree), I believe this should be left up to the parents, unless real abuse is taking place.


Sister Lynn said...

I have to ask...

What could a 2 year old do that would warrant hitting her so hard as to leave a mark that was noticeable some time after the incident?

Christina said...

"She is trying to get them back, but until CPS feels she is ready the kids are living with their paternal grandmother."

From my experience with CPS, she will never get her kids back. It is an evil entity. It seeks to destroy families through any means possible.

Every parent ought to be terrified of this case. They get you first by saying this "physical abuse" is wrong...then it moves to "emotional abuse". I suppose our state was better in that the judge eventually threw out the case; however, CPS was haunting my mother for such evils as "time-out", "spankings", "denying the child dinner", "refusing to allow the child to bath" (ie child wouldn't take a bath and we said "OK, stink then").

It's not a matter of "is spanking OK", but a question of "is it right for the state to determine how you raise your children?"

John Leask said...

The law should not dictate the way a parent disciplines child, particularly in regard to a spanking. This judge is at fault and is very confused about the meaning of social progress.

Barbara, Sean and Caitlin said...

Parenting should be left up to the parent. I am concerned about the remarks of the judge, "You don't spank children today." Who is he to decide this? Each child is different and reacts differently to punishment. I have a 2 1/2 year old and she gets warnings and then action, and yes, there have been times where spanking has been that action. and I'm not talking about beating my child but getting her attention.

As for leaving red marks on this childs bottom, I can't comment on how hard this mother spanked but I know when I've spanked there have been red marks because that's such a tender area that usually doesn't get touched. And, this article doesn't say that it was a day or days later that the grandmother had her, it could have been an hour? Who knows.

I know I look around at a lot of "parents" that don't teach their kids right from wrong and let them do what they want and it makes my heart hurt. I suppose I'll defend this woman from what is written, she was disiplining, not beating. And I'll stand behind her for that.

Jason said...

This judge needs to rethink his job, and not act on his personal beliefs. His job is to interpret the law, not to create new law. He should be Debarred for this farse of a trial.

Corporal punishment is legal by parents in all 50 states in the US. In Texas, it is even legal in schools with parental and school district approval.