is it legal to spank a child with a belt if there is no marks
2 Answers from Attorneys
Hello. If you know of someone who is "spanking" a child "with a belt" but leaving "no marks", do immediately phone your county child protection office: A child welfare worker would be on call 24 hours every day of the year to take your call. If you know a child to be in immediate or imminent danger of being "spanked" with a belt but leaving "no marks", do phone 911 RIGHT NOW.
In the event you are the person who is "spanking" a child with a belt but leaving "no marks", or, if you are considering doing this to a child, you yourself should seek professional help immediately. The appropriate professional with whom you should immediately meet would be a social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist. If you already have such mental health care, then you ought immediately to meet, too, with a parenting education professionally.
In the event you yourself or someone you know "spanked" a child with a belt leaving "no marks" and you feel regret and remorse and are worried or concerned about possible repercussions, then it is entirely appropriate and proper that you phone a private attorney right now for help and legal guidance. You or the other person involved may phone me seven days of the week regarding this matter.
Spanking with anything other than a hand risks having child protection involvement with regard to child abuse.