Mom told to stop spanking child for 2 years

Virginia woman avoids felony charge in unusual plea deal

POSTED: 09:40 AM MDT Sep 20, 2013    UPDATED: 02:02 PM MDT Sep 22, 2013 
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A mother in Virginia avoids a child cruelty charge on one condition -- she stop spanking her daughter for two years.

Felisha Kimble-Tanks, a local dentist, was charged with the felony earlier this year after hitting her 6-year-old daughter with a leather belt, Norfolk TV station WTKR reported.

She told police it was punishment for her daughter acting up in school.

Her estranged husband filed a complaint after finding bruises on the girl, according to police.

Stafford Circuit Judge Michael Levy told Kimble-Tanks the case would be dismissed in two years if she stays out of trouble and doesn't use corporal punishment during that time, WKTR reported.