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Parents Jailed for the Old "Eat Soap for Cursing" Trick

soap1It was like a scene out of A Christmas Story – an eight-year-old girl said a bad word, so Mom put soap in her mouth to wash the filthy words out.

So why are Mom and her boyfriend now sitting in jail?

Florida cops have charged Wilfredo Rivera and Adriyanna Herdener with neglect of a child and child abuse, and the Florida Department of Children and Families has taken the girl and a younger sibling into custody.

Over soap? Really?

The cops told a Florida newspaper the parents became concerned when the kid started to complain about pain in her throat after ten minutes of chewing on the soap. Mom first gave the child cough syrup hoping it would help. When it didn’t, the boyfriend (who apparently suggested the soap trick to begin with) took her to the hospital.

The kid, who suffers from asthma, was reportedly wheezing at the hospital and had a swollen lip. Still, he took her TO the hospital. He didn’t leave her lying in bed suffering.

Past practices of generations of parents don’t always translate into today’s society. You wouldn’t show up at your child’s school tomorrow to give them a spanking in front of the whole class (our grandparents, however, wouldn’t have batted an eye at the idea). Ten minutes of eating soap sounds excessive, and the swollen lip is suspicious.

But is the old soap trick out of style? Do you still use it?

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