Insane abuse

We were curious about spleen injuries, so we did some research. They most commonly occur in sports injuries, car wrecks and fights.

Nowhere in the literature did we find mention of spleen injuries from the judicious disciplining of toddlers.

That's because the physical disciplining of toddlers, especially the younger ones, is not only wrongheaded, it's abusive.

Take the case of a 1-year-old Augusta boy, who recently received welts and bruises and even a ruptured spleen from a belt-whipping allegedly at the hands of his father.

What can a 1-year-old learn that a belt can teach him?

One-year-olds are learning the language. They're in the early stages of learning the properties of nature, how people interact, how they themselves are to act. They have very little to go on at that age. They can, and must be, forgiven for not knowing much.

Taking a belt to them is just insane.

What did this boy's father think? That after four or five lashes he would stop crying and say, "You know, you're right and I'm wrong. I'm terribly sorry." Physical pain will only make an unknowing child cry all the more -- making the irrational parent whip him all the more. It's a toxic circle.

Actually, the sponges that we know as 1-year-olds are, indeed, learning every second. What this boy learned from an abusive adult, no child should have to know.

Thankfully, the boy should be fine, at least physically; it's amazing what treatment will do, for a ruptured spleen is potentially fatal.

We're wondering, though, what science -- perhaps the branch of parapsychology? -- can do for someone dim enough to whip a child hard enough to rupture internal organs.

Not much, we imagine.

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