Tomball mom arrested for spanking daughter



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 20 at 2:44 PM

TOMBALL, Texas -- Karen McAdams is a single mom who is having a tough time raising what she calls a rebellious 15-year-old daughter.

The Tomball mom showed us condom wrappers and drug paraphernalia she said she found in her daughter's bedroom a couple of weeks ago.

McAdams punished the teen with a spanking.

"And I grabbed her off the bed to whup her, and I grabbed her back to me, and then I whuped her again," McAdams said.

The single mom said she considered it a routine spanking on the rump for a child who had been in and out of trouble for years.

"I didn't do anything wrong," McAdams said.

But after interviewing the daughter, Tomball police saw things differently.

They said the girl told a different story and a small bruise matched her version of what happened.

After consulting with the district attorney's office, police arrested McAdams.

"And until the entire investigation was concluded, that's when the arrest took place," said Tomball Police Department Capt. Rick Grassi.

McAdams was booked and processed at the Harris County Jail, where she would spend the next three days.

She is still convinced her rights as a mother were stripped away.

"If the police get involved, then you're the one who gets in trouble -- not your child," McAdams said.

According to 11 News legal expert Gerald Treece, the law protects parents who spank their children, but not parents who commit abuse.

"And so the question becomes reasonableness. Was the corporal punishment administered reasonably," Treece said.

CPS has temporarily placed the 15-year-old girl with a relative.

"And she's not here. That's the hardest part," McAdams said.