By Aaron Edwards, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
A former Gaffney South Carolina police officer recently pleaded guilty to child abuse charges involving the son of his former wife. Wilbert Jamison was sentenced to 90 days in jail or a fine of $500 plus one year probation with 50 hours of required community service. Mr. Jamison opted to pay the fine rather than serve the 90 day jail sentence. It was reported by a local television station that Jamison denied hitting the boy with a belt as a alleged by the boy’s mother. Jamison did admit to making the boy run laps in the backyard as punishment when the boy got in trouble at school for alleged stealing. See Former Gaffney South Carolina Police Officer Pleads Guilty in Child Abuse Case.
The case did not go to a jury and it was uncertain from news reports what evidence other than testimony supported the allegations by the victim and / or the victim’s mother.
It is important for parents, no matter the age, education, or profession, to take a reasonable and rational approach to child rearing and discipline. Often times, the tempers of a parent or caregiver get out of control and violence results. Parents and caregivers should give themselves a time out before a child is injured as a result of a reckless and anger driven act.