Logan’s Child & Family Support Center has been in existence since 1982.
The center offers help for parents who are facing problems disciplining their children.
It’s something Cindy Bullock and her family was unaware of. She and three other members of her family are facing second degree child abuse charges for spanking her 7-year old.
Her boyfriend’s mother, Donna Third who is also facing charges says she tried getting help with social services.
"Oh absolutely we reached out,” Third told ABC 4 Utah Thursday. “We got nothing. We got absolutely nothing.”
Instead of help, she says they got second degree felony charges. Their 7-year was removed from the home after police learned he had been repeatedly spanked by family members.
Prosecutors say he was put through a whipping tunnel where the boy was forced to crawl under the legs of the four family members. Each member spanked him as he made his way through the whipping tunnel.
“It wasn't bad,” says Third. “The quicker they crawled through the less they got a whipping. “(It was) Just on their bottoms."
The executive director of Logan’s support center http://childandfamilysupportcenter.org/ says spanking isn’t the way to discipline a child.
“Our stance on spanking … is we do not endorse it and we feel it inappropriate,” says Esterlee Molyneaux.
She says parents still spank because they were raised that way. Their goal is to break the cycle.
“Let's face it, kids can be challenging,” she says. “We are here to give parents the tools to help them know how to parent those children successfully.”
Logan's support center isn't unique.
There's 15 centers scattered throughout Utah that offer free nursery care and some offer free therapy for parents.
“We have a 24 hr crisis respite nursery,” Molyneaux says. “They can bring their children eleven and under into the crisis nursery so it's basically it's a time for them to recharge their batteries."
It’s something perhaps Bullock could have used. She says the charges are a sore sport for her and family members.
But for now, she's working with social services to get her son back.
“He's my baby, he's everything to me,” says Bullock. “He's my life.”
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