mls88br asked this question on 2/21/2000:
Is spanking a child Child Abuse?
katlev gave this response on 2/22/2000:
This is a subjective question. I would need more information...
1. The age of the child.
2. Is it in punishment for a well known (by the child) infraction of a rule?
3. Is it with a bare open hand? Closed hand/fist? Object?
4. Where on the body is the child "spanked" or hit?
5. Are there any lasting marks/bruises/ cuts/welts?
I was a child abuse investigator for a state agency. Please include your state of resident as this may help me help you better.