Foster Mom Jailed for Spanking Kid With Spoon
Will be sentenced to 100 days behind bars
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 21, 2013 1:38 PM CDT
A foster mom will be sentenced to prison for spanking a kid with a spoon.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A wooden-spoon spanking is landing a Connecticut foster mom in jail for third-degree assault. Jami Littlefield, 51, will be sentenced to 100 days in prison and two years' probation after she pleaded guilty to hitting a 4-year-old girl with the utensil, the Day reports. The child was "acting out," telling Littlefield she was going to kill her and calling her a racial slur, Littlefield says. The girl's biological mother, Elisabeth Land, called the guilty plea a "victory."

According to court documents, Land spotted bruises on the girl's buttocks while on a supervised visit. After the child was seen by health workers, she and her brother were moved to a safe house. Littlefield had threatened her life if she revealed the spanking, the girl told authorities. "I want the world to know what happened to her because she was in a state-licensed foster home and she suffered these injuries," says Land, who hopes the family will eventually be able to take over the girl's care again. "This kind of thing is very rare," says an official, noting that Littlefield has now lost her foster-care license.

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May 22, 2013 5:25 PM CDT
This story is about a rogue foster parent who gave a beating to a four year old that left bruises and then threatened to kill the child if anyone was told about it. Charges were brought against the care giver and the judge threw the book at her -- probably because she was not cooperative with the investigation or committed perjury, etc. Conservatives and trolls have tried to make this a story about a permissive society run amok that treats any corporal punishment of children as a crime (30 states have now completely prohibited corporal punishment of children by law including -in chronological order- Sweden, Israel, Germany, New Zealand, Venezuela, Spain, Congo, & Albania.) This is not a liberal / conservative issue. This is an issue of morality and human rights.
May 22, 2013 12:30 PM CDT
Ridiculous !! When I was a kid, kids were spanked and got whipped with a leather belt, and there was maybe 10% of the behavior there are from kids today. We were taught early on, bad behavior equaled consequences. Now, you look at your kid the wrong way, you go to jail.
May 22, 2013 11:45 AM CDT
Ah, the good 'ol days. I remember my mom used to crack us with a wooden spoon when we mouthed-off. Pretty sure she broke it on my sister. Served her right, though. Always had to have the last word. She doesn't anymore. Kuddos to you mom.