Corporal punishment Arrest?: Schaquana Spears might possibly get 20 years for corporal punishment of her children she was trying to correct, now children taken away – were is the balance

“I never could imagine trying to be a good mother would end me up in jail with a criminal record, like I’m a predator out to hurt my kids,” “I didn’t want them to commit another crime.”

Schaquana Spears, 30, was tossed in jail for whipping her misbehaving kids .

Louisiana’s attorney general and its state treasurer have condemned the arrest of 30-year-old Schaquana Spears — who was charged with child cruelty Monday after she beat three of her kids with an electrical cord because they broke into a neighbor’s home — and praised her for her tough parenting tactics.

Since the arrest, Spears has maintained she was just trying to teach her kids a lesson.

“I never could imagine trying to be a good mother would end me up in jail with a criminal record, like I’m a predator out to hurt my kids,” “I didn’t want them to commit another crime.”

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Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy defended the single mom of six in a Wednesday letter to the state’s Department of Children and Family Services criticizing the arrest.

“In biblical times, sparing the rod led to a spoiled child,” he wrote. “In modern times, sparing the rod leads to an imprisoned child.”

Jeff Landry, Louisiana Attorney General  in a Friday statement supported Spears and her parenting tactics.

“To be a peaceful and moral society, it is imperative our children learn right from wrong,” A.G. Landry said. “I am grateful for my loving mother who did not spare the rod to teach this valuable lesson.

The mom said she whipped three of her kids after a neighbor caught them stealing things from a home in Baton Rouge neighborhood.

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“She thanked me for calling her and letting her know what was going on, and she told me she would take care of it,” said neighbor Alisa Nicholson, who told Spears about the break-in.

Spears made the boys ages 13, 12 and 10 — return the items they stole from Nicholson. Then, she punished them by beating them with a RCA electrical cord.

Had she not disciplined her kids to their juvenile crime, she feared they might get into bigger trouble as they grew up.

“In this day and age, I see so many babies getting killed, and I refuse to look at my babies in a coffin,” she said while sobbing.

She added: “Maybe I shouldn’t have did nothing. I still would have been wrong. I would have been unfit. Then they would have been saying you should have disciplined them. I did it and now look at what happened. The system is messed up.”

 

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