Father Found Not Guilty after Beating Son with Belt

Lorain, OH - Is it justified parental discipline or child abuse?

A judge found father James Smith not guilty of domestic violence and child endangering after he struck his 8-year-old son with a belt.

The 28-year-old claims his child is a handful and difficult to discipline.

Detectives and Lorain Child Protective Services thought Smith's form of punishment was excessive.