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June 12th, 2012
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Attorney Ryan Childers says dad in whipping video is sorry & psychologist Dale Atkins says corporal punishment isn't effective

(FROM CNN WIRES) - An elected official in California has been arrested on accusations of felony child abuse after a neighbor videotaped him beating his stepson with a belt during a backyard game of catch, authorities told CNN Saturday.

Anthony Sanchez, 34, a director with the Imperial County Irrigation District, turned himself in to authorities Friday afternoon, said Imperial County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Sheppeard. Sanchez could face felony child abuse charges for the incident.

The Imperial County Sheriff's Office plans to file a case with the district attorney this afternoon. A neighbor took the video of Sanchez, hitting his stepson in their backyard last week. Sanchez has since resigned from his elected post there in the town.

This morning on "Starting Point." Sanchez's attorney, Ryan Childers explains that Sanchez is sorry for the incident, but Childers argues whether the incident warrants a felony charge.

Also in the segment, psychologist Dr. Dale Atkins explains why she believes corporal punishment is not an effective means of discipline for children, especially children with behavioral issues.

Filed under: Corporal punishment • Viral video