An Indiana mom who was found guilty of beating her son dozens of times with a coat hanger was sentenced to a year of probation.
Kin Park Thaing was sentenced on Friday. She marks the first instance of using the state's new religious freedom law to defend physically punishing a child, according to The Washington Post.
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul...
Thaing's lawyers said her Christian beliefs guided her decision to hit her child with a coat hanger, citing the Bible verse quoted below.
Gov. Mike Pence, currently the vice presidential nominee under Donald Trump, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act last year, which says the government must prove a "compelling interest" before intruding on someone's religious liberty.
Thaing reportedly first beat her son and a 3-year-old daughter in February for showing each other their genitals. She then told the children to pray for forgiveness. Later, the boy flinched when patted on the back at school, and teachers alerted authorities.
Thaing's lawyers argued the beatings were within her rights to choose how to rear her children.