As part of a plea deal for spanking her two-year-old daughter, a Texas judge sentenced Rosalina Gonzales to five years probation and ordered her to undergo parenting classes, follow Child Protective Services guidelines, and pay $50 to the Children’s Advocacy.
“You don’t spank children today. In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don’t spank children.”—Jose Longoria, Corpus Christi District Court Judge
Gonzales pleaded guilty to a felony charge of injury to a child in what prosecutors described as a “pretty simple, straightforward spanking case.” Prosecutors said that Gonzales didn’t use a belt or leave any bruises, just some red marks.
When contacted by several media outlets regarding the legality of spanking, the Texas Attorney General’s office refused to comment.
Dr. Spocks’ generation of unhappy, rebellious, promiscuous, whiners again tosses the baby with the bathwater.
For more on the story, see Judge has harsh words for Mom before sentencing her for spanking her kid and Judge Gives Texas Mom Probation for Spanking.