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Lawrence mother, 22, enters no-contest plea in battery case

September 9, 2011

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A 22-year-old Lawrence woman pleaded no contest Friday morning to one count of misdemeanor battery. Prosecutors accused her of hitting her 5-year-old daughter in April with a sandal and spanking the girl with a hair brush.

Kayla N. Brown was scheduled to stand trial next week in the case, but in exchange for the plea prosecutors agreed to drop two other misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and battery. Defense attorney Greg Robinson said as part of the plea agreement both sides will recommend that District Judge Peggy Kittel sentence Brown to serve one year on probation and follow court recommendations in a separate child-in-need-of-care case Kittel is handling.

Prosecutors had initially accused Brown in April of shaking and squeezing her 5-month-old son under the arms and filed a felony count of aggravated child endangerment, but after a May preliminary hearing Kittel reduced that charge to a misdemeanor after Robinson argued there was no medical evidence the boy was injured.

Kittel is scheduled to sentence Brown Oct. 5.

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pace 2 years, 7 months ago

One doesn't really need a weapon to get a 5 year old to mind. We know better, yes my grandpa beat my uncles, but my uncles don't beat my cousins. Time outs, rewards, discussion and yes, my guess, an occasional swat, but no you don't need to beat or attack a child to get them to mind. Don't use weapons , like a belt, switch, hard objects, boiling water, guns, knifes, on kids. My mom never thought time outs would work. they do. she was wrong.

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Ceallach 2 years, 7 months ago

Switch or belt? That was our choice. If you chose switch, you had to go pick it out yourself . . . talk about mental torment! If you got one that was too little, SHE picked the next one. You didn't want to get one any bigger than was absolutely necessary; decisions, decisions.

However, mother never battered us with fists, hair brushes or any other hard objects; big difference between punishment and child abuse. (Although, a switch can leave a mighty ugly welt.)

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equalaccessprivacy 2 years, 7 months ago

Hitting a child with a hairbrush and spanking them with a sandal are laughably small crimes compared to brutal, twisted KU HR abuses and the the way local law enforcement, including Peggy Kittel, who has biased problem with acknowledging honest complaints, conspires to frame and blame local victims of discriminatory harassment.

Woe to anyone educated to think that civilization means settling disputes by reason and due process if they ever have the misfortune move to a dirty and corrupt place like Lawrence. Might is right! Lies rule the world, including ones forced on the true victims of unacceptable privacy rape by local busybodies and haters.

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Deb Engstrom 2 years, 7 months ago

Physical punishment is not ever OK. It just teaches kids that whoever is the biggest and strongest at any given time can win a physical battle. I just cringe when parents are spanking their kids while saying "I told you not to hit." No wonder kids grow up to be aggressive.

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cheeseburger 2 years, 7 months ago

Hitting with a sandal and spanking with a hair brush is different than spanking a child on the behind with a hand.

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butrflkisz 2 years, 7 months ago

There is a difference between discipline and abuse. All the facts are clearly not present in the article. Just being spanked doesn't constitute abuse however if welts were left and so on then discipline was taken too far. If there is a case pending on another child chances seem pretty good that this young mother needs parenting classes to better discipline her children...just a thought

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DRsmith 2 years, 7 months ago

How times have changed. What is the big deal? That used to happen every other day when I was growing up. Is anyone seriously going to try to argue that things are better off today than 20 or 30 years ago. Probably a big reason why I can't stand kids anymore. No discipline at all.

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