Mother Gets Probation for Spanking Child

     (CN) – A Texas mother was sentenced to 5 years probation and lost custody of her 2-year-old child for spanking the girl on the butt. The mother also got a lecture from a state judge.

     “You don’t spank children today,” Judge Jose Longoria told Rosina Gonzales.
     Gonzales, of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty to injury to a child, for spanking her 2-year-old daughter on the butt. As part of her plea, she agreed to take parenting classes.
     “In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel,” Judge Longoria of 214th District Court told Gonzales. “You don’t spank children. You understand?” according to a KZTV report.
     Prosecutors say Gonzales struck the girl in December with an open hand, leaving red marks. She was arrested after the child’s grandmother reported the injuries and took her to the hospital.
     KZTV reported that the judge’s ruling made it clear that spanking is a crime. The station reported that Gonzales is trying to regain custody of her daughter and another child, but they will both stay with their paternal grandmother until authorities agree her home is safe.

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