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A mother in Louisiana has been jailed for disciplining her sons after she was told they burglarized a nearby home.
As the Blaze reports, Schaquana Spears of Baton Rouge was arrested earlier this week on a single charge of cruelty to juveniles, police reported.
Authorities say the 30-year-old mother was too harsh in her spankings and left marks on her 13-year-old and 12-year-old sons after she discovered their alleged crime.
In their report, detectives claimed they found the 13-year-old with “lacerations to both his arms and linear marks on his leg, shoulder, back and stomach.” They also allege the 12-year-old had “lacerations to his left arm that did break his skin” and the 10 year old who had “a small scratch on his hand.”
The local District Attorney has not said if formal charges will be filed against the enraged mother.
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“Parents have the right and obligation to discipline and teach their children,” East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said. “We oftentimes 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,” Moore added. “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 mother, though, felt she was being demonized for trying to scare her kids straight and for “trying to discipline my kids and showing them right from wrong.”
“It’s been hell,” Spears told WBRZ TV News. “I never could imagine that 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 who I live for.”
Spears also said she felt she was in a no-win situation where she is damed if she doesn’t discipline her kids but doubly damned if she does.
The district attorney said his office would be reviewing the injuries to the children to determine if the beatings measured up to child abuse.
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