A Baton Rogue, Louisiana, was arrested after she admitted to whipping her sons as punishment for breaking into a house.
Schaquana Spears told WBRZ after bonding out of jail that she thought she did the right thing when she whipped her three sons.
Her 13-year-old reportedly told detectives that his mother struck him with an RCA cord repeatedly. The teen had cuts on his arms and marks on various parts of his body. His brothers, ages 10 and 2, were also injured.
“They’re just being kids, being followers,” Spears told the station of her decision to discipline her kids. “I thought I was showing them this is not what you do. You do not steal people’s stuff, what they work hard for. I know how that feels, I’ve had my house broken into.”
When the case went viral, District Attorney Hillar Moore issued a statement defending authorities’ actions.
“Parents have the right and obligation to discipline and teach their children. We often time see children who have no parental authority or discipline which eventually results in delinquency and criminal acts.
We need more parents who discipline their children. Surely you would expect a parent to discipline a child who is burglarizing other people’s homes as this could be a deadly encounter for the child.
The degree of physical discipline will be reviewed. The law does not allow excessive pain or cruelty but does allow physical parental discipline.
I only have the short synopsis which does indicate that the discipline resulted in marks on the child’s body and possibly an open wound,” the statement read.
“I will review all of the reports; meet with the DCFS office and review any history of this mother and her children to get a better picture of the entire family dynamics before making a decision.