As a parent, I believe in the commitment and importance of [lovingly but firmly disciplining your children. As a parent of three, what you believe in your heart and on paper doesn’t always translate in real life. And I confess that it’s easy to lose control of your emotions. I absolutely hate when I allow myself to be in that situation. There is no excuse.
So, I do understand when other parents get frustrated but there are certain lines you cannot cross and this is one of them. No matter how frustrated you get, you cannot hose down your child with a high pressure car washer hose. The mother said she did it because the child was throwing a tantrum and that the hose wasn’t on full blast and that “it isn’t as bad as it looks.” Umm, it looks really bad.
You can view the entire surveillance footage here.
Security cameras caught a strange case of child abuse in a car wash bay at the Magical Car Wash in Orlando. They show a woman spraying a toddler with a high pressure hose while another woman watches. The footage shows the toddler attempt to run away, but she is grabbed and pinned to the wall as she is prayed on the legs, back and even her face. The manager of the car wash didn’t see the abuse until she watched the footage, but she did hear the little girl crying after the incident. She also heard the woman state, “You’re going to learn to respect me. You don’t treat me bad. You don’t mistreat me; I’m your mother.” Footage also shows the girl being stripped naked, while the two women grabbed a towel and put her back in the car. Once investigators locate the women, they said the mother will likely face child abuse charges.
Is this child abuse? Clearly. What would Judge Judy say? I don’t know but I don’t want to crucify the mother. She’s already received plenty of ‘shame’ with this video so my suggestions would be: No jail time but in depth counseling and care for both the child and mother [and father] to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. Mother is currently pregnant with 2nd child.
Last week, the visual parenting advice seemed funny. Now, not so funny.