An Indiana mother who brutally beat her 7-year-old son with a coat hanger, leaving 36 bruises and welts, is trying to claim the Bible gave her the right to do so.
Khin Par Thaing and her attorney claim Indianaâ€™s religious freedom laws give her the right to discipline her child according to her evangelical Christian beliefs.
She was arrested back in February on multiple charges, including battery on a person less than 14 years old, and neglect of a dependent.
Her attorney, Greg Bowes, argued in court on July 29th that the state shouldnâ€™t interfere with her right to raise her children as she deems appropriate. He cited Indianaâ€™s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Ms. Thaing, herself, quoted scripture in her defense.
Matt Savage, a Marion County Deputy Prosecutor, said in an August 5th response that the young boyâ€™s beating went well â€œbeyond these religious instructions.â€
Ms. Thaingâ€™s jury trial started on October 19th.