Archive for Thursday, November 10, 2011

Woman pleads no contest in child abuse case

November 10, 2011


A 34-year-old Lawrence woman pleaded no contest to two counts of battery this week in Douglas County District Court in a child abuse case.

Laura Lea Sanders is scheduled to be sentenced in the case 10 a.m. Dec. 30.

Prosecutors had alleged that Stanley E. Burleson, Sanders’ boyfriend, struck her two sons, who were 14 and 12 at the time, with a belt inside their home on two separate occasions.

Burleson, who also had been living in the home, told police the boys had disobeyed his instructions about going to a swimming pool.

Police testified that Sanders also struck the boys with a belt when she came home a few hours later.

Burleson, who has pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse, is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.


Linda Schwertfeger 6 years, 4 months ago

Is that really abuse? Spanking a 12 and 14 year old with a belt. My Goodness!!! I disagree

Mongo2791 6 years, 4 months ago

Guess every parent from the 70's was a child abuser then. If I messed up and my parents weren't around, the neighbors would spank me. And they wonder why kids don't respect authority anymore.

pace 6 years, 4 months ago

No, not every parent in the 70's abused their children. Nor do most neighbors abuse the neighbor hood kids. Abusing kids does not generate a good kid, Time outs and careful parenting is very effective, Whipping children with a belt is abuse. You might feel abusing kids is ok, but no, it isn't.

kimk 6 years, 4 months ago

Agreed. I got spanked. I spank. Ship me off to prison I guess. I will continue to do it. Kids need discipline. I have friends that use time out and they have the worst behaving kids that I have ever met. Get a grip people.

pace 6 years, 4 months ago

You are beating your children with a belt?

pace 6 years, 4 months ago

Yes, whipping children with a belt is abuse. If you beat your children with a belt, it is abuse. Spanking children with a belt is abuse, flailing at the bodies of children with a belt is abuse. I am sorry your parent abused you, I bet you still loved them, doesn't mean they didn't love you. They abused you, if you abuse your children by beating them with a belt doesn't mean you don't love them. You have a choice, make the choice of not hitting your children with a belt. If needed do not hesitate to get help to find ways not to abuse your children.

MarcoPogo 6 years, 4 months ago

But what about regular spanking? (No belt.)

pace 6 years, 4 months ago

When my child was around 11 months, crawling on the floor, she grabbed an electric cord, and was pulling it toward her mouth. I yelled no and swatted her on the butt. It was a short term action to achieve immediate effect. I talked to her and felt awful. I was lucky, she did not have unusual behavior problems. If she had, I would not of tried correcting them by beating her with a belt.

Mongo2791 6 years, 4 months ago

Yeah and your kids will be unemployed, still living with you when they are 35 years old complaining why there is no food in the fridge because you never taught them there are consequences for their actions. People like you are the reason society is declining today.

Amy Heeter 6 years, 4 months ago

There are many reasons why society is declining, but It has nothing to do with the law restricting beating a child. Limits can be firm without corporal punishment.

costello 6 years, 4 months ago

Does the consequence have to be a violent physical attack?

My parents didn't believe in spanking, and we weren't spanked. My sisters and I are all in our 40's. We all managed to move out after high school, complete college, get jobs, raise children, and stay on the right side of the law. It really, really, really isn't necessary to hit your kids.

kernal 6 years, 4 months ago

As no one else has spoken up about this yet, so.... I do know people who were raised without corporal punishment and they turned out better than most. Their parents explained to them why they were getting time outs and what the consequences were for their behavior. Those parents also gave their kids lots of positive reinforcement for good actions and let them know they were loved. That can make all the difference in a life.

Smacking your kid around because you don't know how else to administer discipline is cowardly and lazy.

pace 6 years, 4 months ago

It may be a matter of genetics, I have excellent children, leaders, smart, successful, but I didn't beat them.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 4 months ago

Hitting a child doesn't do anything but teach them to hit. I fully believe this. Personally, I don't think anything should be done to a child (or allowed to be done) that wouldn't be allowed to be done to an adult. In other words, if doing the same thing to an adult would get you an assault charge, it shouldn't be done to a child. Think about it.

Arana 6 years, 4 months ago

There is no need to use a belt on anyone, ever. I don't even see why you guys are arguing for it. Yes there should be discipline and your hand should be enough. There should not be excessive force, and there should not be bruises or welts after it is done. I've seen what abuse can do to a person.

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