DOVER, De. -- A bill aimed at strengthening prosecution of child abuse cases is getting people talking in Delaware.
The bill broadens existing laws with new language, creating new crimes of third and second degree child abuse.
Under the bill second degree abuse is defined as intentionally causing physical injury to a child under 3, making it a felony.
Critics fear parents would be prosecuted for spanking their kids, while sponsors say parents would still be able to discipline kids if it's appropriate.
Residents are sounding off.
"I strongly believe that disciplining your child and abuse is two different things if you discipline your child in the right way you have nothing to worry about," said Mel Whittington.
Benjanman Roberts added saying, "parents are able to correct their kids by spanking them on the butt there's nothing wrong with it that's not abusive unless you put bruises on them otherwise the parents can't do anything."
The bill cleared the senate last week, and a House Committee voted yesterday to release the bill.
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