- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2015

A Florida father looking to punish his daughter without committing a crime had a deputy come supervise him spanking her, police said.

The father’s 12-year-old daughter had gotten into a heated argument with her sister, and the father wanted a deputy to come supervise him disciplining her, according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, a local ABC affiliate reported.

A deputy supervised the spanking, determined no crime had been committed, and left, police said.

“You are entitled to paddle your child, whether you use your hands, use a belt, or use a paddle — as long as you’re paddling the buttocks,” Undersheriff Noel Stephen told the ABC affiliate.

Police said the seemingly bizarre request is nothing new. Officer Stephen said he personally has supervised a dozen spankings.

“It happens,” he told the station. “It’s definitely not something we advertise to do, and even though law enforcement has been willing to help out in this situation, watching a parent discipline their child is something that’s done only when a deputy has no other calls to handle.”

 

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