(Yahoo News) — A Democratic assemblyman in California was arrested Monday on suspicion of child cruelty after allegedly spanking his daughter. On Wednesday, he claimed that he had only done so as a means of punishment.
In an interview with the Fresno Bee, lawmaker Joaquin Arambula spoke about an incident at home Sunday night that led him to spank his 7-year-old. The following day, when she went to school, she allegedly told her teacher what had happened and expressed how she was upset about it, sparking an investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS).
“I disciplined her as a consequence to something she did. This is something that’s really rare for us. It’s a tool of last resort, but it’s something that we do. And I spanked her bottom,” he explained. “She was pretty upset, and she struggled to be able to share her emotions, as I’m sure you can appreciate a seven-year-old will. But that’s all that happened.”
Proverbs 13:24 says, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son, but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Proverbs 22:15 also states, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Proverbs 29:15 likewise teaches, “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”