Case for Conway mother charged in son’s spanking continued

troot@thesunnews.comFebruary 27, 2013 

— The case against a Conway mother accused of cruelty to children for spanking her son was continued Wednesday, according to officials with the Conway Magistrate’s office.

Amber Tyler, 27, was set to appear in court Wednesday morning before Magistrate Brad Mayers on the charge, but after an agreement between authorities and Tyler’s lawyer, Scott Bellamy, the hearing was continued.

Officials with the state Department of Social Services will evaluate Tyler before the next hearing, which has not been scheduled, officials said. As part of her bond, Tyler had a restraining order, but that was relaxed to allow supervised visits with her 7-year-old.

Tyler was charged Jan. 27 along with her boyfriend Mike McDaniel, 29, with cruelty to children. The pair were released from jail the same day and were told not to have contact with the 7-year-old child who she said is currently in the custody of his grandmother.

According to an Horry County police report, the child told authorities of being “spanked” on numerous days and was told to lie on his bed while being “spanked” with a belt and shoe by both suspects. Police also reported that bruises were observed on the child’s shins and buttocks.

At the time of her arrest, Tyler said her son was spanked for misbehavior, but she didn’t think it warranted charges.

She said the 7-year-old was spanked three times with a belt on his bottom when he was suspended from school for bringing a box cutter on school property. The second spanking shortly after was with a flip flop, again three times on his buttocks. Tyler said that spanking was because her son was screaming at his babysitter who had taken a toy away.

“I’m sorry that I spanked my son at this point in time, but if he brought another razor blade to school I’d spank him again,” Tyler said in January. “What if another child had been hurt? How guilty would I feel then? It’s not fair to throw a parent under the bus just because they disciplined their child.”

Tyler said she resorted to spanking because privileges like TV and time with his friends outside school had already been taken away.

“I’m a good mom,” she said. “I’ve just got a son that’s acting out.”

“This has been blown way out of proportion,” Tyler said. “This is the problem with society. This is what happens when you try to discipline your child these days.”

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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