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    IN - Saving souls from Sheol: Religious teachings cited as child abuse defense

    Indianapolis Star:

    Son had 36 bruises. Mom quoted the Bible as defense.

    An Indianapolis woman who beat her 7-year-old son with a coat hanger is citing Indiana's religious freedom law as a defense against felony child abuse charges, saying her choice of discipline comes straight from her evangelical Christian beliefs.

    The woman quoted biblical Scripture in court documents. She said that a parent who "spares the rod, spoils the child," and: "Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol."
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    The alleged abuse occurred Feb. 3, according to court documents, when 30-year-old Kin Park Thaing said she stopped her son from dangerous behavior that would have seriously harmed his 3-year-old sister. Thaing, documents say, hit both children with a plastic coat hanger before telling them to pray for forgiveness.

    "I was worried for my son's salvation with God after he dies," said Thaing, who attends a south-side church, according to court documents.
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    Thaing is charged with battery as a level 5 felony and neglect as a level 6 felony. Battery carries a prison sentence of one to 10 years; neglect carries a sentence of six months to 2 years.

    Marion Superior Court Judge Kurt Eisgruber denied Thaing's lawyer's motion to dismiss the charges on Aug. 18. Thaing's trial is set for Oct. 19.
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    No excuse for abuse! Funny, you never hear these types of parents quoting Ephesians 6:4 :

    "Do not provoke your children to resentment lest they become discouraged" and other Scriptures which
    instruct parents to care for and nurture their children.

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    This case deserves greater response; though I do suppose it's but another in a steady line of persons swayed by a fundamentalist brand of Christianity into inflicting revolting harm onto their children or others either directly or indirectly, and who thus have little place in a society governed by rational law protecting individuals from those who do would do them harm, no matter in whose name.



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