A 35-year-old mother from Perth, Australia, has been charged for using a wooden spoon on her child’s behind.
The woman used the spoon against her 9-year-old daughter because she disobeyed her. Reportedly, the mother was found to have used unnecessary force after she saw that her daughter was eating a hamburger that she was told she couldn’t have because the meat was meant for the dog to eat. Apparently, the meat had worming tablets inside.
The impact of the wooden spoon caused the girl to bruise. Reportedly, the girl had behavioral issues and ADHD, and it was reported that the incident was related to the girl telling police that her mother used to lock her in a room.
The woman’s lawyer said that she had no previous criminal record.
The lawyer said that the punishment was a “moment of frustration” for the mother, and it escalated after the girl was taken away from her mom by the Department of Child Protection.
The mother received a $750 fine and a spent conviction.
The presiding magistrate said in court that the mother accepted that the force she used was more than necessary to correct her daughter.