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Wentzville Mom Spanked Kids With Belt, Wooden Paddle, Police Say

Police said a belt imprint was plainly visible three days after children were spanked by their 45-year-old mother, who is being charged with two counts of child abuse.

A Wentzville woman was charged with spanking her children with a belt and a wooden paddle, leaving bruises on their thighs.

Betty Gage, 45, of the 1300 block of Meadow Ridge in , was charged Aug. 10 with two counts of child abuse.

said in a report that Gage used a belt with a metal buckle and a hand-carved wooden paddle to spank the children on April 13, “causing significant injuries including bruising on the children’s thighs.”

Although three days lapsed between the incident and discovery of the injuries, “two children had a clear imprint of the belt used on their thighs,” police said in the report.

The children are ages 10, 7 and 5 years old.

Bond was set at $1,000.

ESH1974 November 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Agreed, completely. Im also not a huge fan of spanking. I will do so, under certain circumstances. And quite honestly, not to the degree I received as a child. But that is due to my own cowardice, I simply can't bring myself to cause my children that level of discomfort. But, our rule is, when it comes to safety, if you disobey the rules, you will receive a paddling. Seems to be working well enough, although, I do have to agree. Children do not have the same level of respect for adults as we did when I was a child.
ESH1974 November 05, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Mark, you are obviously an intelligent man. I respect the way in which you have delivered your opinion. Yes, I happen to agree with you, for the most part. But even if I did not, I respect the calm and respectful manner in which you reply to other posts directed your way on this board. Thank you.
ESH1974 November 05, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I have to add in to this yet again. I'm a Christian, however I'm not a person who lives it as a large part of my daily life. My parents were Christian, however that is not why i was spanked. My parents did not pull out the paddle for my every infraction, only the more serious ones. And, often there was discussion as to whether or not it was truly a misbehavior worth corporal punishment. I personally detest paddling my children, but, if they have knowingly violated one of the more sacred rules I have set in place for them (the ones pertaining to their personal safety!) They know that if caught they will receive a paddling. It's also thankfully not a lesson I have had to repeat often in their lives -Thank goodness! My opinion that is, like many other things should be practiced in moderation, and the children should be fully well aware that a paddling is the punishment they are risking with their behaviors and actions.
ESH1974 November 05, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Well, then it sounds like her punishment was befitting... And as the gentlemen previously stated, it would be nice to see more detail in the originating article.
ESH1974 November 05, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Kim, thank you for posting the link, I'm going to look further into the plan. I like the sound of it from my initial scan of the site! :)

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