*Did you know that it is legal to physically abuse your child in the state of Florida? So the Florida police thought nothing of it when the father of a pre-teen did what he thought was lawful – he called the cops over to watch him beat the child .
The unnamed dad wanted to beat his 12-year-old daughter for fighting with her sister. But he didn’t want the assault to land him in jail for child abuse, so he put a call in to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office to oversee the whipping.
If you think that’s a tad strange, check this: They came. They saw. They gave him the thumbs up and left.
This kind of thing actually happens routinely for Florida police.
In Florida it is legal to physically abuse your child — as long as the assault is done within the very narrow confines of the law.
Under Florida law, child abuse is considered unlawful if it results in serious injuries or death.
‘Serious injuries’ are defined as broken bones, broken nose, black eyes, lacerations, burns, etc. Apparently bruises and everything else are legal.
Undersheriff Noel Stephen said he has personally supervised approximately 12 spankings, according to WLWT.
“It happens,” said Stephen. “It’s definitely not something we advertise.” He added that “watching a parent discipline their child is something that’s done only when a deputy has no other calls to handle.”