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"Spare the rod, spoil the child." Father defends Killing Son With Bible Passage

Posted by on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM
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Benjamin Edetanlen Sentenced To 18 Years, Defends Killing Son With Bible Passage

 Posted: 10/12/2012 3:32 pm EDT Updated: 10/12/2012 3:33 pm EDT

 
 
Benjamin Edetanlen
Benjamin Edetanlen justified the fatal beating of his child with a passage from the bible.

Clearly, he missed the "Thou shall not kill" part.

A Georgia father, sentenced Wednesday to 18 years for murdering his 5-month-old son, used a biblical verse to defend the fatal beating, the WSB-TV reports.

Benjamin Edetanlen said he was acting on the old adage, "Spare the rod, spoil the child."

Assistant District Attorney Dalia Racine argued that Edetanlen used similar force on his other children, a 2-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son.

"The defendant stated that he disciplined the children according to the book of Proverbs in the bible," Racine said, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Though his son died from blunt force trauma, suffering brain injuries and a broken leg, Edentanlen's attorney maintained the defendant's faith in the passage.

"Mr. Edetanlen firmly believed in the adage, you know, spare the rod and spoil the child," defense attorney Ingrid McGaughey said.

Edetanlen initially faced a murder charge, but instead pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child cruelty.

by on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM
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romalove
by Roma on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM

 Disgusting. 

sidneyb
by Member on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM
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Thats sick. I spank but would never spank a baby.
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM
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"The defendant stated that he disciplined the children according to the book of Proverbs in the bible"

Why don't punish him according to the Bible: "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth"...

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

And he is laughing...psycho

Quoting romalove:

 Disgusting. 


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM
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Too far out of the realm of my reality.

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I don't believe in spanking.

Quoting sidneyb:

Thats sick. I spank but would never spank a baby.


mjojo
by New Member on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:41 AM

whatever.  At 5 months old, this is ridiculous. A broken leg and brain injury.  Makes me sick.

sidneyb
by Member on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:42 AM
Ok and that is your right.

Quoting annabl1970:

I don't believe in spanking.


Quoting sidneyb:

Thats sick. I spank but would never spank a baby.


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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM


Quoting mjojo:

whatever.  At 5 months old, this is ridiculous. A broken leg and brain injury.  Makes me sick.


Makes me sick too

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 13, 2012 at 9:44 AM

:)

Quoting sidneyb:

Ok and that is your right.

Quoting annabl1970:

I don't believe in spanking.


Quoting sidneyb:

Thats sick. I spank but would never spank a baby.

 


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