Foster Mom Could Serve Jail Time for Spoon-Spanking

Tuesday, May 21, 2013  |  Updated 10:11 AM EDT
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Foster Mom Could Serve Jail Time for Spoon-Spanking

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A foster mom could spend time in jail for spanking a child with a wooden spoon.

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A Griswold, Connecticut foster mother faces 100 days in jail after acknowledging she spanked a 4-year-old girl with a wooden spoon.

Jami Littlefield pleaded guilty on Monday in Superior Court in Norwich to third-degree assault.

The Day of New London reports  that Littlefield told authorities she paddled the girl on the buttocks because she was acting out.

The Day also reports, citing court document, that Littlefield pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, which indicates that she does not admit guilt, but agrees that the state has enough evidence against her to get a conviction.

Littlefield was arrested in January after the girl's biological mother noticed bruises on her daughter's bottom when the child bent over to pick up a toy during a supervised visit.

Police said Littlefield initially denied hitting the child, but later said she spanked the girl only after the child struck her granddaughter, spat at her and used a racial slur.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17.

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