Police officer visited home to supervise father spanking daughter and determine it was legal

A Florida father said he wanted to discipline his daughter by paddling her, but did not want to break the law, so he called the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office to come and supervise.

The man’s 12-year-old daughter got into a heated argument with her sister on Monday, and the father wanted to discipline his daughter, according to a deputy’s report.

A deputy went over to his house, supervised the discipline, and determined it was within legal bounds and that there was no crime, and left. The sheriff’s office has received several similar requests in the past. Undersheriff Noel Stephen said he has personally supervised approximately 12 spankings.

“It happens,” Stephen said. “It’s definitely not something we advertise to do, and even though law enforcement has been willing to help out in this situation, watching a parent discipline their child is something that’s done only when a deputy has no other calls to handle.”

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