This is what child abuse looks like

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This is turning out to be an ugly year for the National Football League:

Adrian Peterson Indicted For Child Abuse, Will Not Play Sunday

A warrant was issued Friday for the arrest of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after a grand jury in Texas indicted him for reckless or negligent injury to a child.

Peterson will not play in Sunday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium against the New England Patriots. On Friday afternoon, the Vikings said Peterson had been deactivated. That’s different from a suspension, as Peterson will be still be paid as officials investigate.

Peterson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said the star running back would travel to Texas Friday night to post bond as soon as it can be arranged.

Sports Radio 610 in Houston obtained a draft of the police report which says Peterson admitted that he did, in his words, “whoop” one of his children last May while the child was visiting him at his home near Houston.

The punishment happened after Peterson’s son pushed another of Peterson’s children off of a motorbike video game, the report says.

During a Skype session with his mom back in Minnesota, the 4-year-old boy asked if he could tell her something. According to the report, Peterson said, “Go ahead and tell her and show her what happened.”

The boy said he got a whooping with a switch — a wooden rod or tree branch used for punishment.

When the boy returned to his mother in Eden Prairie, Minn., she took him to a doctor.

The doctor told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand.

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The police report also includes text messages between Peterson and the boy’s mother. First he texted to her: “You will be mad at me about his leg.” Later, he texted: “He got about five more pops than normal. He didn’t drop one tear! … He’s tough as nails.”

In further text messages, Peterson allegedly said, “Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.”

When investigators questioned Peterson, they say he told them he regarded it as a normal spanking and not excessive. He told investigators, “To be honest with you, I feel very confident with my actions because I know my intent,” and when asked if he would reconsider using switches in the future, said he would never “eliminate whooping my kids … because I know how being spanked has helped me in my life.”

A grand jury seated earlier this summer decided not to charge Peterson, but a second grand jury indicted him on Thursday.

On Friday, Peterson told WCCO-TV’s Mike Max that he didn’t think he’d face another indictment. The day’s developments caught him by surprise.

If Peterson is convicted, he could face up to two years in prison.


Incredibly, some people on social media have been defending Peterson!

Raising kids isn’t easy. We have an obligation as parents to teach kids right from wrong, and to protect them from harm. Sometimes you have to hurt kids a little to keep them from getting hurt a lot. A stinging swat on the hand or buttocks of a child stimulates those primitive parts of the child’s brain connected to survival.

You don’t want your kid to run in the street or touch a hot stove. If your child is about to do something dangerous you want them to freeze if you yell a single command. You don’t have time to explain why and can’t physically stop them in time.

You want them to act reflexively when you shout “No!” or “Stop!” or even just their name.

So you start when they are toddlers by swatting their hands and saying “No!” in a loud voice when they start to reach for things you don’t want them to touch. Your child is startled by the sound of your voice and the sting of the slap. They will probably cry. You let them.

For thousands of years spanking was seen as a legitimate and necessary tool for disciplining children. Untold millions of kids got spanked and turned out okay. Then somewhere around the 1950’s the “experts” decided that they knew better and that spanking was bad.

My family wasn’t what you would call “early adopters” of this newfangled type of parenting. I got spanked with bare hands, belts, paddles, metal flyswatters, switches, slippers, rolled up newspapers, wooden stirring spoons and metal spatulas. Most of the spankings I got were well deserved. Never once did I get a beating like Adrian Peterson’s kid.

Corporal punishment is very limited and controlled. It causes just enough pain to get the child’s attention and is used as a last resort. When kids get older it loses it’s effectiveness and you stop using it.

If you are leaving cuts, bruises, and/or scratches you are doing it wrong. If there are still marks on a four-year-old several days later then it wasn’t discipline, it was abuse. If you are whipping a kid over and over that isn’t parenting, it’s rage. If you can’t tell the difference between discipline and abuse then you have no business being a parent.

Any crime done to a child is worse than that same crime committed on an adult. We have a duty to protect children. That is why Adrian Peterson deserves more severe punishment than that given to Ray Rice.


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102 Responses to This is what child abuse looks like

  1. votermom says:

    I agree that it is abuse. I hate child abusers.
    But I don’t think, just based on this report, that Peterson is an irredeemable abuser. I think Peterson needs parenting classes, and family counselling.

    • leslie says:

      Having read/heard what Peterson has said, and what was written above, I’m inclined to agree with you, VM

    • Constance says:

      Yes, I agree with you too. I also don’t like the “you made a mistake so now you will lose everything” form of thinking. People can be reformed.

    • PC and counseling are what most abusers get, but it may take a few rounds for the information to stick. A parent generally has to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) to get indicted. I do wonder what the Klown and the legal eagle readers of this blog have to say about the previous grand jury that refused to indict. I’m a little confused by that, no doubt because of my limited legal knowledge.

      Factoid of the day: GBH was a punk band in the 80s.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    There’s another NFL player who battered his girlfriend black and blue all over. She pressed charges, he was indicted and convicted ….. still playing ? My husband noticed it was buried in the sports pages, he thought that was worse than Ray Rice too.

  3. Lulu says:

    I think this was done to him as a child and he thinks it is normal strict parenting. Both of his parents are athletes and coaches. Do I think this is abuse? Most definitely. But I think he comes from a home/family that thinks it is not or that he went just a little too far rather than thinking it is unacceptable physical abuse. I am not justifying beating a four year old but one article noted that he told the mother of the child how tough the kid is and didn’t cry. That is the mentality of this family and their approach to physical and mental discipline. They think it works for them.

  4. The Klown says:

    Palate cleanser:

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  6. The Klown says:

    How important is the musical score of a movie:

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  8. Lulu says:

    Giant Wooden Super Expensive Eco-Greenie Lab Burns Down! UK (for now!) Liberal Fascists Can’t Catch A Break! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2754270/New-15million-university-laboratory-goes-flames-Students-warned-stay-indoors-60-firefighters-battle-blaze.html

    “The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry is a landmark building which is the embodiment of the University’s commitment to sustainability in all its forms, particularly in the area of green chemistry and we will be working closely with our partners at GSK, and the contractors Morgan Sindall, to develop a positive plan of action for rebuilding.”
    The humongous wooden building sent air pollution over a huge area. Firebugs excited by the massive bonfire. Progressives never knew the history of cities burning down regularly until brick and slate roofs were mandated for a reason.

    • The Klown says:

      When archaeologists first started excavating the ruins of ancient cities they were surprised to discover that the cities had been rebuilt numerous times. You can still see some of the stones used to build the Lighthouse of Alexandria in buildings around the old parts of the city.

      • Lulu says:

        My hick burg outlawed wooden shingles about a hundred years ago for obvious reasons. When I was on the zoning commission this fancy architect came in and condescended to tell us why his beautiful design for a house demanded a “natural” shingle. When asked what the burn rate on the wood shingles would be he said he didn’t know and that the house wasn’t “jammed up” against other houses so if a fire did erupt it could be contained and it would be the owners loss. I asked if all the trees had been cut down. Horrors! No it is a beautiful site with mature trees and lots of windows for the views. OK, sir, how do you intend to prevent a wood fueled inferno on the roof from catching the trees on fire and spreading tree to tree and burning down that entire side of town? He put a metal roof on the house and it still looks just fine.

    • votermom says:

      Back in college we had access to a building that had been built as a chem lab facility. It was basically mostly concrete & steel, high ceilings and the windows were all designed so that it didn’t need a/c even midsummer. There were steel doors that would shut off each section in case of fire.

  9. mothy67 says:

    My Kindle died.
    She was an awful machine. Alas she is no more but i think i may have a wake for the skank.
    Please if you have not already done so watch the Joan Rivers specials on Netflix. She is so funny. Swimming with sharks she says she went up to the fattest lady she could find and said please tell me you have your period. She offended everyone.
    Genius.
    I did some stand up I cannot write comedy I need a person in front of me and then maybe I am funny but it is like demonic possession you just get funny and you feed on the audience.

    Most comics are tragic eternal children. Sometimes maybe that is a good thing. Some people molest and beat their own kids others cry inside but tell a joke to others.

    I did not want to be born to teenagers and have to learn to speak from a hole in my throat. Shit happens. Two open heart. Who cares. I just learned to understand the song Amazing Grace.

    Life sucks people hurt kids. It happens. If you are blessed hug a little one.
    i am an asshole. But maybe I stepped in shit with the pup.
    I would take everything a thousand times to be here for her
    I believe the greatest art one can ever make is an emotionally healthy child.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Flipping channels I ran across a Celebrity Wife Swap which had Joan and Melissa trading places with Bristol and Willow Palin. Hillarious and you could tell Joan and Melissa truly loved those girls and played the “fish out of water” (Hollywood and Wasilla) to the hilt.

      • mothy67 says:

        i implore you to watch the stand up routine on Netflix. She goes on about charity causes and makes fun of Sean Penn. The woman was very generous in life but she didn’t do causes. She had a big staff and put all her employees kids in private schools. She didn’t scream I am a do gooder. I hate the people who call me and the annoying commercials smacking me in the head. Guilt is a fucking waste on me. I will help you out but do not try and manipulate me. Sorry I will go to the grocery store and buy a hundred cans of beans and give it to the foodbank before I donate a penny to a guy running a non profit making 6 figures.
        That being said I love Saint Josephs and the nuns that take care of battered women.

  10. The Klown says:

    NANCY PELOSI: “It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.”

    Fuck you, Nancy!

    • lyn says:

      Double fuck you, Nancy!

    • mothy67 says:

      She is really stupid

    • leslie says:

      What lyn said about what Klown said!

    • DeniseVB says:

      How do they keep getting away with such sh*t. But, Obama’s pretty much telling this “story” at his fundraisers. And they keep giving him money. I’m starting to think the DNC is one BIG money laundering machine.

      • mothy67 says:

        I know a lot of sick wealthy progressives in Manhattan and I am convinced they just want to feel good. They believe they are so special that they can heal the world with a smile.
        They love obama and think if we are nice to ISIS they will just leave us alone. I say they chopped off a head do you think they are rational but that Quaker school mentality is that

        i am reminded of the jewish girl who wanted to help the black boy in Native Son — he chopped her head off and burned her because she made him feel weak. It is a horror story
        The likes of oprah and a slew of Hollywood A listers made it a movie. It is as anti-Semitic as you can get . killing a woman chopping her head off burning her because she went out of her way you to help you.
        Fuck you Orca You are nothing but a fat ugly racist pig

  11. The Klown says:
    • 1539days says:

      That article doesn’t exactly mention “a la carte” which is the Holy Grail for people who think they are paying too much for channels. Verizon is talking about streaming broadcast networks, which is what Aereo tried to do for free and what Verizon will have to pay the networks to do.

      As someone who will watch at least one thing on most of the cable channels in a month, I don’t like a la carte. The requirement to pick channels means that dozens of channels (which cost the average customer 1 cent per month) will go dark. At the same time, cable companies and cable networks won’t take a pay cut, they will simply charge higher rates for fewer channels. About $7 of your cable bill is for ESPN. A cable company will never get rid of it because it is a deal breaker channel for many customers. If ESPN left, people would go to satellite.

      Cable is simply going to fade away like wired phone service has. The phone companies are trying to get their wired customers on cellular networks and discourage them by charging large amounts for simple dial tone service. Verizon has even abandoned DSL and new FIOS lines. Eventually enough people will quit cable and “television” will be provided on the internet.

      • Somebody says:

        What sucks is if you are not in an area with uverse, etc. Then you’re forced to pay the high amounts for a landline. There is no way we could go all cellular unless we were willing to take all phone calls at specific points in the house. My son tried that, but had to throw in the towel because he’s expected to be on call at his job. We tried VOIP, with an ooma. Our line isn’t stable enough, too much jitter, after a couple of years and untold repairmen my husband finally gave up on VOIP. Luckily for my son who is a couple of miles away his line is more stable so VOIP works for him.

        • 1539days says:

          The technology still isn’t good, but ATT and Verizon are using devices that go in one part of the house and use the cell signal to hook up all the jacks, so there’s still be wired phones in the house.

          As much as I like to flip channels, the cost per month is pretty high since I can get most networks over the air in HD. At some point, I may just go with my pricey internet and watch cable TV through there.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Our VerizonFios is now at $175/mo. Damn Sports channels, including NFL RedZone.

        • mothy67 says:

          if you are out of contract just call them and tell them suck. I have the triple play and every time i watched Netflix it slowed down or completely dropped me. They tried some shitty service with Redbox to compete. Netflix is a game changer. I said screw you I will go with comcast that day everything started working fine. They lied cannot go to sleep without sound so I play the tv. I am okay if they want to charge me to stream but don’t just shut down my internet.

      • Constance says:

        The problem with cable is most media is aimed at a small segment of the population and I am not a member of that group. The channels that are aimed at my demo produce cheap crap and in reality their content is aimed at the men who buy advertising on the channel. Why should I pay for this garbage? There are about 10 shows that I watch sometimes. I can just pay for them. We currently have a mega TV package because of my husbands sports addiction. If he weren’t in the house there would be no reason for me to even subscribe to cable. I have many female friends, all over 35, who tried cable for some cheap deal and cancelled because there was nothing for them to watch. The kids don’t even bother to sign up for cable when they move out.

  12. mothy67 says:

    Have these plugs done anything right? They claim to be all mother earth but Cash for Clunkers required every car to be destroyed within 72 hours. No recycling. Zip nada. Healthy school lunches is epic in its failure. I agree that all kids deserve health care and nutrition but meeeeeechelle obamas program is a mess. No one has ever gotten fat off of school lunches. Ever. It is the cheap frozen garbage and sodas which if we say no pepsi on food stamps you are racist but then they turn around and say the majority of welfare recipients are single white mothers. Can I be a racist if I want single white mothers to feed their kids properly

    • Somebody says:

      Cash for clunkers, haha. My daughter worked for a car dealership during that program and you wouldn’t believe some of the cars people traded in for the “free” money. The dealer had to accept the terms, they weren’t allowed to deviate. The rules were certain things were done immediately to ruin the engine and then it was sent to be crushed.

      One idiot came into the dealership with a mid 60’s corvette and asked to trade it in through the cash for clunkers program. The salesman and the gm obliged him. This corvette was in perfect working condition and had been well maintained by this man’s father who recently passed away. The man apparently had some serious resentment toward his late father and wanted to see his dad’s precious corvette destroyed.

      When the corvette made it to the service department the guys there refused to destroy it. Eventually one of the mechanics offered the man twice what he’d get from cash for clunkers and eventually he took it. It was against the rules to do such a thing or encourage someone NOT to trade their car in through that program even if their car was worth more than the cash for clunkers amount. The saleman and the gm seriously thought the guy with the corvette was a plant from the government testing them, but he wasn’t. He was just an asshole with daddy issues and in the end the mechanic got himself a SWEET ride for next to nothing. I guess the man’s daddy issues had a price tag. I only regret that I didn’t happen by there that day!

      • mothy67 says:

        For God’s sake though everything these people touch turns to dust.How do you screw up free lunches for poor kids. maybe 10% of where I live the kids depend on a meal if those who pay stop buying the school lunches end major fuck up. i think the hearts were in the right place but you need a few grown up in the room. Romney and Sarah were adults I think of barack meecheele ezra sullivan dowd as very simple kids.

    • 1539days says:

      The ultimate recycling program for used cars is people who buy used cars and drive them. I bought a used Impala (pre-bailout) 6 years ago and it’s going to pass the decade mark soon. When people buy fuel-efficient cars, they put more miles on them because they can buy less gas. People with hybrids are going to get taxed by the mile because states didn’t realize all those subsidies for hybrids meant less gas tax money.

  13. mothy67 says:

    This is why I love Sarah Palin. She makes sense. I m not very bright but I am not as dumb as people think. I was talking to a friend of my dad’s who is running for office. He said he wants a tax to provide after school meals. I was like sure kids should eat and their parents need nutrition to get it together. He said a hundred dollars a month. My borough is not that big. My brat has 20 kids in her class. Two schools 4 classes times 12. i did the math they were talking about millions. Insane. max 25 kids huh how feeding 25 kids becomes over a million dollars

  14. The Klown says:
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    • mothy67 says:

      I used to think a lot of stuff I read online was rubbish especially Alinsky shit but now I am convinced it is real. The family is the most basic unit of society destroy it you can take down the country. i am not some crazed homophobe i am gay and I see a deliberate attempt to end American culture. Gay people having kids I am sort of against but I am rather dumb. I treasure my brat but that is only because her parents threw her away. It was just me. I slept on her floor when she was in a crib everynight terrified of SIDS. I never slept. She lived but then there were electrical outlets and now I am a crazed helicopter. Never ends I accept that I will never stop worrying. I still think the best place for a child is with a mother and father unless of course the parents are assholes. i also think transgender stuff is bullshit. Be a fag be a dyke why how ouch would you dismember yourself.

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  17. mothy67 says:

    I don’t think I comprehend language anymore I once upon a time knew i was a prick an asshole but the words do not seem to apply anymore. I will gladly be any name you can call me as long as I can speak my simple mind. Everyone is generic unless you are hurting Muslims

    Fuck off I have never allowed anyone to tell me to shut up. Piss on my face beat me to a pulp but you do not get to say shut up
    baby knows it has to do with respect I have zero problem with salty language if she chose to curse I would deal but I asked her to think about how it made her look. . I will never dictate her expression but I just hope she thinks my great uncle tim was an asshole and he was really bad(I am very comfortable being a verbal porn slut) Prefer my little one does not develop a penchant for nasty words. yet i want to teach her how much I love language. Hypocrisy. Poor child has a memory box filled with Shakespeare and Dolly Parton.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Do you still live in NYC? Would love to meet up with you at one of my favorite bars next visit, or the Bronx/Central Park Zoo/AMNH with my grandgirlie. You sound like fun 😀

      • mothy67 says:

        Nope Pittsburgh I was only supposed to be here for a month but a very little person wrapped her arms around my neck and I did not stand a chance.
        I used to love New York but after the Towers and then electing an idiot four times I just cannot.
        I think Bloomberg was an asshole but the new one is offensive.
        Crud is now fixated on Van Gogh I ache to take to MOMA and see Starry Starry Night. I have a membership so it is free but I have no problem flying to JFK but I can’t take that risk with a baby. Sad because she is eight but taking acting classes and I can get back stage passes at maybe four theaters. Would be amazing a little girl thrown away that gets stuck with a great gay uncle that takes her to the greatest city in the world and then takes her back stage. Not uncle great uncle. Never gonna happen I am too afraid

      • mothy67 says:

        Go to Rudy’s on Ninth Avenue and 45th Street. It is the biggest dive bar. Two dollar beers five dollar pitchers great jazz bartenders who forgot to take their teeth to work.
        Amazing place the kind of place a poet steps into has a shot of Jim Beam and then takes a dive of the nearest bridge. It has a huge pig outside
        For real best dive ever.
        http://www.rudysbarnyc.com/

        • DeniseVB says:

          My last meetup was with DU “friends” at Nancy’s Whiskey Pub in Tribeca. We had a great time after a *peace* march. I’m glad I invited my daughter for the meetup, when I stepped outside for a smoke, some guy tried to assault me, and she decked him, then put me back on the train to my hotel in midtown. I really don’t remembet that night 😉

          • mothy67 says:

            Still a must go. Cheap tacky rude but it is something to behold. That part of town was cleaned up years ago. Very safe. You can even pick up a copy of Chelsea Clinton at the corner. Hell’s kitchen is actually called Clinton and the neighborhood right before it is Chelsea

      • mothy67 says:

        I am such an idiot. Never go to Rudy’s with your daughter. I love the place but if someone has temptations the place is replete.

  18. angienc says:

    Also the type of spanking (switch, belt, hand, etc) should be adjusted by age. A four year old shouldn’t be getting hit with a switch — never mind the excessive amount of hits those pics show or the fact they were on bare skin– four year olds are too little & their skin too soft for that kind of spanking. Oh yeah, and they are too young to have done something bad enough to warrant a switch spanking.

  19. mothy67 says:

    What sucks about all of the people in Washington is that are just not smart. Really you are the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the most powerful country in the world you are passing a bill that will effect a huge piece of the economy and you say we have to pass it to find out whats in it. She is just stupid.

    • Constance says:

      I also think Nancy P is dumber than dirt but she is a reliable party suck up so she persists. That’s what the Dems care about, party devotion.

  20. elliesmom says:

    My dad had an “I’m so disappointed in you” look that hurt more than any spanking ever could have.

    • DeniseVB says:

      My dad suffered from PTSD from WW2 and Korea, glad I survived the 50’s/60’s, not only got “that look” but if I challenged it, I got the…belt. Yay!

    • lildoggy4u says:

      My poor dad, bless his soul, would get out the belt. It would be a ritual where he would tell me to go into the bedroom and wait, usually at the command of my mom for something I’d done. My dad would come in, take off his belt. I’d bend over and he’d give me a few. He could hardly whip me. It never hurt at all, I hardly would feel it although I’d cry out (for mom). Then, after it was over I’d look over at my dad to see him crying. Its something i’ll never forget about him, he was so gentle and sensitive.

  21. The Klown says:
    • 1539days says:

      It may be the Palins’ side, but it is still from an unnamed Palin “friend.” I think this is another case of PDS being blamed on Sarah Palin. It’s sort of like when anyone says anything questioning Obama and is instantly turned into an extra from Deliverance.

    • westcoaster says:

      considering how few people were there (20-25), I wonder why Willow’s ex-boyfriend was invited at all (if he was)…

  22. The Klown says:
  23. The Klown says:

    Elders React to Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer:

  24. 1539days says:

    A British aid worker is beheaded and the PM comes back from vacation.

    This is why Obama is the worst national leader in the world.

  25. mothy67 says:

    beheaded really what is nastier than that. It is the most inhumane act ever fuck pelosi ried and oblahblah blah . You created this shit. Own up. maybe you thought being kind would work well news flash dumbasses who chop off peoples heads do not care about pretty speeches or Hollywood optics. jay z and oprah should be invited to the next atrocious murder.Make them watch

  26. mothy67 says:

    i am so angry at this all. Media Idiots in Washington. jackasses all

  27. mothy67 says:

    Add george clooney and tom hanks to the list of jackasses that I want to witness what their dormant tiny brains reaped upon the world. Sit there and watch a person be executed in the most hellish way possioble then tell me you are so much smarter because you are sensitive. Eat my shorts dirtbags.

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  29. HELENK3 says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2753754/Seven-year-old-girl-shot-father-arrived-home-school-dies-injuries.html?ito=social-facebook

    hope this bastard rots in hell. and the 72 virgins he thinks he is going to get, turn out to be 144 hags with the pox

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