Archive for Friday, September 9, 2011

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

September 9, 2011


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.


DRsmith 6 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.

butrflkisz 6 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

Deb Engstrom 6 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.

DRsmith 6 years, 7 months ago

Let me believe in hugging the children when they misbehave and at the very worst give them a 5 minute timeout?

Daniel Speicher 6 years, 7 months ago

DRSmith, thanks to Deb not being anonymous (like most are in forums), I can attest to the fact that she is very much for discipline and is very effective in her methods. Whereas I am not entirely behind not ever issuing physical punishment, I do believe that, historically (and still today) it is a solution that is sought out first as it releases frustration built up within the parent (or guardian), when, in fact, it should be the absolute last resort.

There is a didactic art to effective discipline that is an artform that few parents care to know and even fewer practice. When an action is expressed that requires disciplinary action, the child must learn why the action is bad and why it should not be repeated. It is far more difficult to teach in a disciplinary situation when you, yourself, have lost your cool. More than that, it is far more difficult for a child to learn if they are fearful of their teacher (either in the moment or consistently) or in pain of any sort.

Deb is a master of this didactic style of discipline and there are countless young men and women in this community who have benefited from her specific brand of correction.

Is there a time and a place to spank a child (note: not beat or bludgeon)? Yes. But, those times are very few and very far between. And, when those times occur, it is important that, even then, your temper is under control and the child knows that they are not being spanked out of anger, but out of concern or to get their attention. Furthermore, it is important to employ that didactic form mentioned earlier after the physical punishment and always, always, always remind the child that you love them. Do the punishment then move on. Don't linger on it. The punishment has been exacted, now they should be encouraged to move on from that point.

--Danny Speicher

PS -- I wonder if half of the posters on internet forums would have as much gusto, chutzpah and rude, smart alec remarks if they were required to give their names?

Deb Engstrom 6 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Danny!

Daniel Speicher 6 years, 7 months ago

Psssh... As if you needed it. :) We all love you, Deb.

--Danny Speicher

Deb Engstrom 6 years, 7 months ago

Yes, I have been known to hug a child when he/she misbehaves depending on the circumstances. Sometimes a 5 min timeout is enough. You guessed correctly.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 7 months ago

"whoever is the biggest and strongest...can win a physical battle."

In other news, the sky is blue with some white stuff in it, and the Pope is Catholic.

Deb Engstrom 6 years, 7 months ago

Not meaning that this is "news" -- just making sure that this is really what you want kids to learn, so that if/when they are bigger and stronger than someone else, it's OK to hit.

Daniel Speicher 6 years, 7 months ago

Notably, bigger and stronger than the very parent who is doing the hitting...

ljwhirled 6 years, 7 months ago

My 95 Lb cousin has a 0.40" solution for bullies.

Bigger folks don't always win the fight.

Linda Endicott 6 years, 7 months ago

I do wish that people would stop making blanket statements about everything, as if what they think applies in all situations...

You know, biggest and strongest come in all different doesn't always have anything to do with size...

My mother spanked us, and no, I don't consider myself as abused, and no, I am not aggressive...I was never afraid of my mother was only about 4' 10", and probably never weighed more than 95 lbs...she was one of the kindest, sweetest people you'd ever want to meet...a whack or two on the behind is not going to kill or injure a child, and it definitely is not abuse...and don't you dare try to make some blanket statement against my mother, since you never knew the woman...

In my opinion, most of the kids that grow up to be aggressive have parents that don't care enough to even pay attention to them, whether they're misbehaving or not...they don't get involved at all, and the child just runs wild...which one is better?

I don't get enough information from this article to even decide whether the woman is guilty of it or not...there evidently wasn't any evidence that either child was injured...

equalaccessprivacy 6 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.

MarcoPogo 6 years, 7 months ago

The rant does indeed get some points, I will admit.

Daniel Speicher 6 years, 7 months ago

I was really hoping it was going to divert into other conspiracy theories such as the "Magic Bullet" theory or something (anything) to do with "Area 51". I feel they just kinda fizzled after the Kittel connection. Surely there is some kind of connection between KU's Chancellor, the LPD Chief of Police and the lie that we landed on the moon. C'mon... This is just laziness, equalaccess. I fully expect the name of the JFK assassin by the next time you post!

--Danny Speicher

Ceallach 6 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.)

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 7 months ago

Odd. I have permanent scars on the backs of my legs from switches and belts. But this does answer a question I've had for awhile about why you hate women so much.

pace 6 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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