The subject of corporal punishment is a hot topic in the news at the moment because of the indictment of Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson for child abuse. On Saturday, the Associated Press reported that Peterson “was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Saturday. Peterson was processed at the Montgomery County jail and released on $15,000 bond.”
Some people have come to Peterson’s defense. Many other people, however, were appalled when they saw pictures of the cuts and bruises left on the thighs, hands, buttocks, and lower back of Peterson’s four-year-old son after the football star had beaten him with a switch.
Click here to see photos of Peterson’s son’s body after the beating..
I can’t imagine how anyone could defend what this NFL star did to his young son. I certainly think what Peterson did to his child went way beyond a spanking. I believe it was definitely child abuse. Unfortunately, far too many children are physically abused and neglected every day in our country. It’s a national tragedy.
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See The Graphic Photos That Got Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Abuse & Decide If He Went Too Far (Independent Journal Review)