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Borough Man Allegedly Hit Kids With Paint-Mixing Stick

Jabiel Ruiz, of Hellertown, is accused of hitting two of his children with a stick.

A Hellertown man has been charged with simple assault and harassment following a June 23 incident in which he allegedly used a large paint-mixing stick to strike his two young children.

According to court records cited by the Express-Times, Jabiel Ruiz, of the 1100 block of Main Street, was arrested Saturday after a complaint was lodged with authorities by the mother of the two children, who are 5 and 6.

Red swelling was observed on the 6-year-old's right thigh, according to the story.

Ruiz allegedly fled with the 5-year-old and two other children he has with the woman, but was later arrested and arraigned.

He was committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail, the article indicated.

Jim Miller July 02, 2012 at 10:52 AM
And where is a "like" button when you need one! Steve, Jessica and Mr. Y. I completely agree. And I do apologize for the sarcasm... these silly topics get the best of me sometimes.
Sam Hain July 02, 2012 at 01:39 PM
All beating a child does is teach them that violence is the solution to a problem and that might makes right. And I guarantee you most of the people you find in prisons more than their fair share of corporal punishment during childhood. I
Jim Miller July 02, 2012 at 02:54 PM
So what you are saying is- If you don't physically discipline your kids then they won't be violent? How about contact sports? How about the media? Should you ban your kids from going to public schools and social activities that put your child at risk to being exposed to violence? Sarcasm and sincerely I understand your point. But I respectfully (if you don't take my sarcasm to serious.) must disagree. You see, what I'm trying to say is that back in the good old days, getting spanked for doing something wrong was acceptable not only from a parents point of view but most parents didn't ABUSE them like you see now-a-days with parents going over the top. The other major problem is how the government get's in peoples lives. I recall there was a politician who said that spanking your children more than twice with an open palm more than half way your arm extension should be considered child abuse. This politician also didn't have any children and no experience raising kids. But she swore that she would never do that to her cats. There is a fine line between punishing a kid for serious misbehavior, and then there is abuse for when they do something minor and you just don't have the patience to deal with it thinking that spanking will put them in line and they overdo it.
Lani July 02, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Maybe beating a child senseless with a bat because they accidentally spilled a glass of water (or something else extreme) only teaches them violence. But I can tell you I was more scared of the idea of a spanking, which rarely happened, then the idea of staring at a wall. And because that a spanking could be a possibility, I tried to behave my best. Where as if it was threatened that if I did something again, I'd have to go to the corner, well, my thought was "the corner isn't the worst thing in the world, and I'm not getting spanked, so whatever I did couldn't be that bad, could it?" I was spanked on the occasion, and can tell you I am not violent at all, and I never think violence is a solution to a problem. And, in fact, in my mind there is a huge difference between a quick spanking then violence. And unless the man in this article beat the children repeatedly with a stick, until their legs were red, puffy and bloody, I completely agree with Mary Anne. This is simply a dispute between the mother and father.
Mister Y July 03, 2012 at 03:24 PM
There is a difference between discipline and violence. My parents knew the difference.

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