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Royal Palm Beach man facing battery, child abuse charges

There is an ongoing struggle between the rights of parents to decide how to raise their children and the responsibility of the state to intervene for children's protection and well-being. Although instances of domestic violence should be treated very seriously, it is important to remember that not everyone who is accused of such a crime is guilty. After all, it is not uncommon for children to disagree with their parents or dramatize their punishment. In these situations, criminal charges should not result in a conviction.

With those issues in mind, our readers in Fort Lauderdale may be interested in the case of a 45-year-old Royal Palm Beach man who was arrested for allegedly striking his stepsons. Law enforcement arrived at the scene after receiving reports of a domestic dispute. The police reportedly observed that one of the boys had cuts on his hands and red marks around his lower neck.

According to reports, one of the boys was being "disrespectful" and arguing with his mother. In response, the stepfather purportedly pushed the boy and grabbed him by the throat. The boy's brother and mother were also apparently struck when they tried to break up the fight. As a result, the man is facing charges of battery, battery by strangulation and two counts of aggravated child abuse.

Florida residents who are charged with child abuse face not only imprisonment and fines, but may also be subject to restraining orders, eviction from their own homes and prohibitions regarding contact with their own children. That is why it is important for those who are charged with child abuse and other domestic crimes to take action in their own defense. The state of Florida prosecutes domestic violence aggressively, and accused individuals should be aware of their rights before challenging the claims of prosecutors.

Source: The Palm Beach Post, "Deputies arrest Royal Palm Beach man accused of beating, strangling stepsons," Cynthia Roldan, June 4, 2012

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