A Baton Rouge mother was arrested after deputies say she admitted to spanking her three sons as punishment for breaking into a house.
Schaquana Evita Spears, 30, was booked on child cruelty charges. Her 13-year-old son told EastBaton Rouge detectives that his mother, Schaquana, struck him with an RCA cord multiple times. He had cuts on both arms and marks across his body. Schaquana’s other two sons ages 12 and 10 also had injuries according to arrest documents.
Schaquana was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on two counts of cruelty to juveniles. Her bail was set at $2,500.
The decision to jail Schaquana on child cruelty counts was questioned by the local district attorney and scolded by strangers as far away as California, prompting a debate about where to draw the line between well-meaning discipline and child abuse.
Even Lisa Nicholson, the 45-year-old neighbor who’s house was burglarized by Schaquana’s children, said she thought the single mother of six should be commended, not arrested. She wasn’t home at the time of the break-in, Lisa said that as the homeowner she could have had killed the boys out of panic when they broke her back window.
“If it was me. I’m gonna beat you before I let the cops kill you. I’m gonna do what I have to do. I’m not gonna let (my children) steal and kill and do all of that. I’m not gonna let them fall victim to the streets,” Ms Nicholson said.
During the buglary, Schaquana’s sons stole a hoverboard, electronics and socks from neighbor Lisa’s house, and Schaquana immediately ordered the boys to return the items, Lisa said. The goods belonged to Lisa’s 13-year-old son, Trayquan, who said some but not all of his belongings have been returned.
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