In affirming Family Court’s determination that excessive corporal punishment constituted neglect and derivative neglect, the Second Department wrote:
Although parents have a right to use reasonable physical force against a child in order to maintain discipline or to promote the child’s welfare, the use of excessive corporal punishment constitutes neglect (…Penal Law § 35.10; Family Ct Act § 1012[f][i][B]). The Family Court’s finding of neglect as to the child Briana M., based upon the mother’s use of excessive corporal punishment, is supported by a preponderance of the evidence (see Family Ct Act §§ 1012[f][i][B]; 1046[b][i]). The evidence demonstrated that the mother struck then-eight-year-old Briana with a belt numerous times, causing marks on her back and arms … .
The evidence, which established that the mother inflicted excessive corporal punishment on Briana, was sufficient to support the Family Court’s determination that the children Matthew M. and Alexis M. were derivatively neglected… . Matter of Matthew M (Fatima M), 2013 NY slip Op 05573, 2nd Dept 8-7-13