A mother in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was arrested and briefly jailed on charges of child cruelty, for whipping her three sons, between the ages of 10 and 13, after she caught them breaking into a house. Her oldest son told child services that his mom had beaten him with an electric cord, which left him with cuts to both of his arms and marks across his leg, shoulder, back and stomach. Her two other children also sustained less severe injuries. The mother, 30-year old Schaquana Evita Spears, was bonded out of jail on Tuesday night.
“It’s been hell,” she told WBRZ-TV, a local TV station. “I never could imagine trying to be a good mother would end me up in jail with a criminal record like I’m a predator out to hurt my kids, who I live for. That’s my world. Everything revolves around them. Everything I do is for my kids.” She added that she felt strengthened by the outpouring of support she had received from people who had heard her story. “That’s what’s getting me through,” she said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. In this day and age, I see so many babies getting killed, and I refuse to look at my babies in a coffin.”
The Baton Rouge sheriff’s office and Department of Child and Family Services are currently reviewing the case and will look at the family background before deciding whether to press charges. “Based on what I see, the question is, whether or not what was inflicted on these kids is unjustifiable pain or suffering,” said District Attorney Hillar Moore, who stressed they do not want to stop parents from teaching their children right from wrong. Activists with Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana, however, claimed that the case is a clear example of abuse. “Her response is heart-breaking,” said Amanda Burnson, executive director of PCAL.”You know we never want to see kids experience that kind of hurt.”