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 Indiana’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 shouldn’t interfere with her right to raise her children as she deems appropriate. He cited Indiana’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 boy’s beating went well “beyond these religious instructions.”

Ms. Thaing’s jury trial started on October 19th.


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