Spare the rod, spoil the child. As any parent can tell you, children need to be disciplined, sometimes harshly, when they fail to do as they are told.
Take, as a case in point, the 7-year-old son of 27-year-old Rebecca Gonzales of Phoenix. According to Fox10Phoenix, Gonzales punched the boy in the face hard enough to bloody his mouth last Friday.
His offense, in her words, is that “he didn’t look out for his grandma good enough.” Grandma, you see, was inside the store shoplifting, and the boy was supposed to be her “lookout.”
When he failed to perform that “chore” to his mom’s satisfaction, she “punished” him in the store’s parking lot in front of eyewitnesses, which included police who had been called to the scene and witnessed her slapping and spanking the child.
Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault. AZFamily.com reports that “a judge set a secured appearance bond of $2,500. If she posts bond, she is not allowed to have any contact with her son,” whose whereabouts are not indicated, though one hopes he hasn’t been placed in the custody of his grandmother.
Gonzales is due in court for a preliminary hearing on April 30, where if justice is served she will be charged with child abuse and a host of other felonies. There is no word on whether the grandmother was arrested for her crimes.