— A couple who spanked their young children with wooden
dowels in line with their church teachings has been
convicted of child abuse.
Matthew Caminiti and 27-year-old Alina Caminiti of Black
Earth were convicted Friday.
Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Ofzp06
) Matthew Caminiti is the son of Philip Caminiti, who led
Aleitheia Bible Church. The church taught parents to hit
children, including infants, on their bare bottoms with
wooden dowels to teach proper behavior.
members of the church were arrested in 2010. Philip
Caminiti was convicted in 2012 of conspiracy to commit
for the couple say there was no evidence the spankings
occurred. The couple's trial was delayed by constitutional
challenges claiming they had the right to discipline
children and practice religion as they chose.