In Florida, punishment and discipline was handed out to a toddler over potty training that ended the child’s life. In Lakeland, Florida, the mother of the child (Ina Brown) recently pleaded no content to charges of aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child neglect. Polk County Florida prosecutors charged the stepfather with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse and neglect. Authorities report that Marcus Brown beat the toddler – Deondray Ashe – with a belt during potty training. See Lakeland, Florida – Polk County – Woman gets 10 years in Son’s Fatal Beating.
Unfortunately, fear and physical punishment are utilized by parents, babysitters, and caregivers during potty training. Corporal punishment is cruel and unusual punishment especially for a 2 year old learning how to become potty trained.
Many parents use corporal punishment (the belt or the switch) because of the history behind such archaic and dangerous discipline. Just because a person was raised with a culture and environment of beatings and beltings does not mean that it should be perpetuated and passed on to the next generation. Some children do not suffer any serious injuries as a result of a beating or belting. This does not make it right and it also ignores the psychological damage that corporal punishment inflict upon the child. In addition, corporal punishment puts a child at risk for serious personal injuries and as illustrated by this news story – some child die as a result of corporal punishment.