Spanking your child can send you to jail. Rosalina Gonzales was arrested in December 2010 for spanking her nearly two-year-old daughter. Social services took all three of her children (and had not returned them as of June 15, 2011). The judge sentenced her to five years probation and practically told her that spanking was illegal.
Daniel Leddy, a former judge of the New York City Foster Care Review Term, speaks about the abdication of judicial discretion that often takes place in foster care proceedings. Leddy writes that, in his experience, “judges were the real culprits for having allowed the court to be reduced to the status of a rubber stamp […]