Schaquana Spears, a 30-year-old mother who was jailed for whipping her 10, 12, and 13 year old boys with a belt late last month after finding out they committed a burglary will not be charged with any crimes, despite facing two felony counts of cruelty to juveniles. The decision came down from a Louisiana district attorney in Baton Rouge.
The sheriff’s report said that Spears allegedly whipped her three boys with a belt, causing lacerations and bleeding.
The mother whipped her sons on June 17 th after she discovered that they had stolen a hoverboard and other items from a neighbor’s house, according to her lawyer Brenden Craig.
Much to the surprise of those following the case, East Baton Rouge Parish DA Hilar Moore III told The Advocate, “At this time I have no intention to prosecute. It would take something significant to change my opinion.”
Many have taken to Twiter to express their support for Spears, saying she did the right thing.
So you trying to tell me that if my son does something wrong, I would have to be fearful of getting arrested?FOH #SchaquanaSpears— Diaryofthelioness (@PCOSLioness) June 23, 2016
Schaquana Evita Spears, a Baton Rouge mother who reportedly caught her three sons breaking into a residence should be given an award.!!!— charles broomfield (@cabark54) June 22, 2016
After her arrest, Spears told WBRZ that she was doing what she thought was best for her children. “Everything I do is for my kids,” she said. “I didn’t want them to commit another crime.” She continued, “It’s been hell. I never could imagine that trying to be a good mother would end me up in jail with a criminal record like I’m a predator out to hurt my kids…I don’t think that’s right at all. I really love my kids.”
Spears' lawyer said, "It was perfectly justified, reasonable discipline of her children." Adding that her actions against her children never rose "to the level of what you could call abuse or any criminal behavior."
Louisiana is amongst the 19 states that still allow corporal punishment which is defined as physical punishment such as caning or flogging.
Spears is now fighting to regain custody of her 13-year-old, whose custody was transferred to his grandmother. The mother of 6 told The Advocate she wants the "six pack back together."