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Domestic CP - July 2008
Harrisburg Patriot-News, Pennsylvania, 1 July 2008
Dad charged with assault after bruising spankings
By Matt Miller
A Shippensburg-area man spanked his two adopted daughters, ages 9 and 11, so hard with a leather belt that their buttocks were masses of bruises, state police said.
Patrick M. McCardell, 30, of Southampton Twp., was charged with simple assault and harassment in what authorities said was a case of parental discipline crossing the line into a criminal act.
"This wasn't even a close call," Sgt. Jonathan Mays said of the decision to arrest McCardell. "There was significant bruising."
Police said McCardell told them he'd spanked the girls repeatedly from June 21 to 23. They were being disciplined for lying, for stealing food from a storage area at their home and for moving a pair of scissors, troopers said.
McCardell's arrest on Saturday was the second time in three days that a Cumberland County man was charged with assaulting a child in his care.
Gregory Marshall-Rivera, 19, was arrested Thursday by Hampden Twp. police for allegedly beating his fiancee's 3-year-old son with a belt and burning the child with a lighter because the boy soiled his pants. Marshall-Rivera was in county prison in lieu of $100,000 bail, charged with simple assault, child endangerment and reckless endangerment.
District Attorney David Freed said corporal punishment is allowed under state law, but assault charges can be filed if an adult intentionally or recklessly causes significant injury while disciplining a child.
"These are tough cases," Freed said. "It's a judgment call every time."
In arrest papers, Trooper Mark Gray said the injuries to McCardell's daughters were reported to county Children & Youth Services by another adult.
McCardell admitted the spanking, Gray said.
"He began crying while admitting to me that he had not realized the extent of the injuries he inflicted to his daughters," Gray said.
An attempt to reach McCardell for comment was not successful.
McCardell is free on $25,000 bail. District Judge Robert V. Manlove barred him from having contact with the girls, who remained in their home.
© 2008 The Patriot-News All Rights Reserved.
Stillwater Gazette, Minnesota, 29 July 2008
The state oversteps its bounds in how parents discipline children
By Rodney Jay Vessels
William Kane, of Oak Park Heights, faces more than a year in
jail for allegedly spanking his daughter with a broom handle.
Rod practices law and writing, although he needs more practice at both. He lives in Stillwater with his wife, Mauri.
© 2005 The Stillwater Gazette.
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