When Can Disciplining Your Child Turn Into Child Abuse - DatelineCarolina

When Can Disciplining Your Child Turn Into Child Abuse

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Children Law Center Attorney says the law is very clear about child abuse. Children Law Center Attorney says the law is very clear about child abuse.
 By: Sierra Bryson 

    NFL superstar Adrian Peterson has been in the hot seat after being charged with abusing his son. Peterson's case has brought attention to the line between discipline and child abuse to the spotlight. Knowing when to discipline or not can be a controversial topic.     

    There are many cases of child abuse reported each year in South Carolina. South Carolina's Children Law Center says many cases do go unreported.    

    Marty Manning is a mother who feels that there are forms of discipline other than physical contact. 

    "I believe in like leverage and communication and talking it out, said Manning."  

    Child abuse can be marks, bruises, scratches or even bleeding. It can also be cases when a mother can test positive for drugs at birth.  Title 63 - South Carolina Children's Code explains how to identify and report a child abuse case.     

    Children's Law Center Attorney, Angela Killian said, "The law defines physical abuse as physical injury and it is defined as a death causing permanent or temporary disfigurement, impairment bodily organ or function."     

    Disciplining your child is not against the law but authorities begin to question the incident when there are marks left on a child for weeks after they've been disciplined.

     The Department of Social Services offers Child Protection Services to families to protect a child that is experiencing abuse or neglect within the family.  

     For more information or to report a child abuse case please contact your local DSS office.

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