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Baton Rouge Mother Jailed, Bailed After Disciplining Burglar Sons

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A Baton Rouge mother jailed for whipping her three sons after catching them breaking into a home is being hailed by the victim her children allegedly burglarized, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

East Baton Rouge sheriff deputies arrested Schaquana Evita Spears, 30, on Tuesday for two counts of cruelty to juveniles, with bond set at $2,500, according to WBRZ-TV. Spears admitted she beat the kids after catching them with burglarized goods from a neighbor's home, noted the television station.

Spears' 13-year-old reportedly told the sheriff's office that his mother struck him with an RCA cord multiple times and displayed cuts on his arms and marks on his body. Her two other sons, ages 12 and 10, also had injuries.

Lisa Nicholson, 45, the neighbor who was allegedly burglarized, told the Advocate she was not at home at the time but could have killed the children out of panic when they shattered her back window to gain entry into the home.

"If it was me, I'm gonna beat you before I let the cops kill you," Nicholson said, who added that Spears should be commended for disciplining her children. "I'm gonna do what I have to do. I'm not gonna let [my children] steal and kill and do all of that. I'm not gonna let them fall victim to the streets."

Spears, who was released on bond, told WBRZ-TV that she believed she was doing the right thing in whipping them and wanted them to understand that what they did was wrong.

"They're just being kids, being followers," Spears said. "I thought I was showing them this is not what you do. You do not steal people's stuff, what they work hard for. I know how that feels, I've had my house broken into."

Spears appeared to have found a sympathetic ear in district attorney Hillar Moore, who said in a statement that parents have a "right and obligation" to discipline their children.

"We often time see children who have no parental authority or discipline which eventually results in delinquency and criminal acts," Moore wrote. "We need more parents who discipline their children.

"… The degree of physical discipline will be reviewed. The law does not allow excessive pain or cruelty but does allow physical parental discipline. I only have the short synopsis which does indicate that the discipline resulted in marks on the child's body and possibly an open wound."

J.R. Ball, a columnist with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, appeared to echo others commenting on social media that Spears should be given a break in her efforts to keep her children on the straight and narrow.

"No doubt, the severity of the injuries, especially on the 13-year-old, is troubling, and the line between discipline and abuse is a fine one," Ball wrote. "Spears deserves a pass. Desperate to keep her three sons from falling into a life of crime, the mother of six did what she thought was right."

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