Spanking only abusive if there is proof of harm, Utah Supreme Court says


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The Utah Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that spanking children is only considered abusive if there is evidence of harm.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that spanking children is only considered abusive if there is evidence of harm.

The court reversed a previous decision made by the juvenile court, which had the potential “to sweep non-abusive behavior into its net,” the ruling issued Wednesday states.

“Throwing a pillow or rolled up pair of socks” to a child or playfully hitting with a Nerf sword would be abusive under the juvenile court ruling, thus the decision had to be…



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