Ontario dad charged with spanking 9-year-old in public

Canwest News Service September 1, 2009 11:02
OTTAWA — Police charged the father of a nine-year-old boy with assault after a witness saw the boy get spanked in Renfrew, Ont.

The witness told Ontario Provincial Police the man seized the boy by the throat before spanking him, police said.

The incident, which took place Aug. 18, occurred in a public area.

The child was not injured.

After investigating with Family and Children’s Services the use of force was deemed excessive, police said.

Excessive force is usually defined as being what a reasonable person would consider excessive under the circumstances, said OPP spokeswoman Const. Janice Sawbridge.

The man’s name is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.

The man is to appear in Renfrew court Sept. 30.

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