N.C. Court of Appeals: Corporal punishment not necessarily abuse
By Associated Press, wway3tv.com, November 7, 2006

RALEIGH, N.C. The state Court of Appeals has ruled that spanking a child isn't child abuse if it doesn't cause serious physical injury.

The decision came in an appeal by a Pender County father who was convicted of abusing his son and neglecting other children. The Court of Appeals reversed the finding by a Pender County District Court judge.

The ruling says that even hitting a child with a belt and causing a bruise isn't child abuse.

In the case, the 13-year-old boy told a social worker he had been abused because his father hit him with a belt and created a bruise.

The court says abuse causes serious physical injury. Cases showing abuse have included parents who pulled out a child's hair, burned them or hit them with their fists, all of which require immediate medical attention.

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