In 2006, a 4-year-old boy was accidentally smothered to death when his mother followed advice from the pro-corporal punishment book To Train Up A Child. Last year, a 7-year-old girl was murdered by her parents, who were also followers of the "Biblical Chastisement" movement. At the time, Michael Pearl, the Tennessee pastor who wrote the manual along with his wife Debi, defended the book, saying the parents just took the recommended physical punishments too far. Now another child is dead, and the Pearls still insist there's nothing wrong with their methods.
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