A Baton Rouge mother was arrested for whipping her three sons after she found out they broke into a house.

UPDATE: A teary-eyed Spears spoke exclusively with WBRZ and explained her story in detail, saying she thought she was doing the right thing.

30-year-old Schaquana Spears was arrested by Sheriff's Deputies after she admitted to whipping her three boys as punishment for breaking into a house. She was booked on child cruelty charges.

According to WBRZ, her 13-year-old son told detectives that Spears hit him with an RCA cord. The boy had cuts on his arms and marks on his body. Spears' two other sons, 10 and 12, had injuries as well.

District Attorney Hillar Moore released this statement:

Parents have the right and obligation to discipline and teach their children.  We often time see children who have no parental authority or discipline which eventually results in delinquency and criminal acts.  We need more parents who discipline their children.  Surely you would expect a parent to discipline a child who is burglarizing other people’s  homes as this could be a deadly encounter for the child.  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.  I will review all of the reports; meet with the DCFS office and review any history of this mother and her children to get a better picture of the entire family dynamics before making a decision.   In the meantime my office is working with the juvenile court to ensure the speedy release of the mother under conditions satisfactory to the court.

Many on social media believe the mother should be applauded for disciplining her children, while some believe she took it too far.

Spears' bond is set at $2,500.


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