Spanking is a divisive issue among many parents. While some parents swear by the “spare the rod, spoil the child” philosphy, others find the practice to be an ineffective and abusive form of discipline. But what happens when parents cross the line? And where is the line in the first place?

Recently, Korie Kellogg, ex-wife of NBA baller Michael Curry, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery after her son told his teachers that his mom had “whooped” him when school officials questioned him about marks on his body. The child was taken to the hospital and examined, and according to reports, had bruises and welts on his face and back.

Kellogg told prosecutors her son’s story was not accurate, but wasn’t given a chance to explain.

Kellogg and Curry were married on Valentine’s Day in 2001, but divorced the same year. Kellogg is the mother of Curry’s first child.

Kellogg was was released on $25,000 bail while officials continue to investigate, and if convicted, she could face a five year prison sentence. Another hearing is scheduled later this month.

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