Judge to Mom: 'You Don't Spank Children'
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To spank or not to spank? At least one judge says don't even go there.
No, Rosalina Gonzales wasn't put behind bars for spanking her toddler, but prosecutors and a judge in Corpus Christie, Texas, let it be known that whacking a kid on the rear will land parents in hot water -- and possibly prison.
KZTV, the local CBS affiliate, reports Gonzales was arrested last year for Injury to a Child after her then 2-year-old's grandma took the girl to the hospital after spotting red marks on her behind.
Gonzales plead guilty this week, according to the station, in exchange for serving five years probation, agreeing to take parenting classes and paying $50 to the Children's Advocacy Center.
"You don't spank children today," 214th District Court Judge Jose Longoria told Gonzales, KZTV reports. "In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don't spank children. You understand?"
Gonzales is trying to regain custody of her two children, including the one who was spanked, according to the station, but they will stay with their paternal grandmother until the state agrees her home is safe.
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