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A Georgia man is going to prison for beating his son to death. Sadly, the man allegedly felt that the bible made him do it. Benjamin Edetanlen was given 18 years in prison this week for the beating of his five month old son. The man said that his beatings were in strict adherence to Proverbs: 13, which teaches that if you spare the rod, you spoil the child.
But authorities say that the father pushed his son too far when he killed him in 2004.
Assistant District Attorney Dalia Racine says that the man beat all of his kids, including his five month old son, one year old son and two year old daughter.
“The defendant stated that he disciplined the children, according to the book of Proverbs in the Bible,” Racine said.
The baby died from blunt force trauma, suffering both brain injuries and a broken leg. But despite the tragedy, the man’s attorneys claim that the father loves his kids.
“Mr. Edetanlen firmly believed in the adage, you know, spare the rod and spoil the child,” defense attorney Ingrid McGaughey said.
The father is going to be sent to prison for 18 years and the other kids aren’t going to have their father. It’s hard to argue if counseling might have been better than prison for him, since the fates of his other kids are uncertain at this point. The father is also not allowed to see his kids once he gets out of prison.
The two living children may lose both of their parents, since the mother is facing charges for not stopping the abuse. Is there a better way to deal with this problem than incarceration and making these children into orphans?