Seffner, FL asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Florida

Q: Is grabbing a child by the arms squeezing, shaking them and threatening them considered corporal punishment?

In Sept 2019 I had to file injunctions against my ex husband and his fiance and contact CPS regarding Physical Child abuse. The father admitted of having knowledge and the fiance admitted to the abuse. The injunction agreement is good till April 2020. The terms agreed on were; no corporal punishment, completion of parenting classes and anger management. My daughter just described to me a situation that happened while recently at her fathers. Her father and the fiance were yelling at Ella because she didnt want to be with them and she wanted to go home with me. The fiance grabbed Ella by her upper arms squeezed her and started shaking her forwards and backwards and was screaming at her saying "I can make you life a living hell even without touching you" then made Ella promise to talk to them or else she would cut her fingers off. My daughter is now making suicidal threats and is scared to have to go back to her fathers house. Is this considered a violation of the injunction?

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
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  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes, I suspect that the judge would find that the conduct constitutes violation of the injunction. It may also be a crime (threatening to cut the fingers off particularly).

Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

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Jean Richardson
Jean Richardson
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • North Miami, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes. Her behavior is certainly inappropriate and even criminal. Were there any bruises on your child's arm(s)?

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