Tough Love, Or Child Abuse?
INSIDE EDITION reports on recents incidents of fathers teaching their kids a lesson that have many asking if it crosses the line into child abuse.
The dad who became notorious after kicking his son down a skateboard ramp is breaking his silence.
Marcus Crossland and his wife, Emily told the Today show their lives have been made miserable since the video of the incident at a skateboard park in Florida went viral.
"That was my poor attempt at trying to help him overcome his fear. Sorry that I made that decision to use that tactic as opposed to another," said Marcus.
His wife, Emily said, "Not only did my husband lose his job, I wasn't able to work. So things have been turned upside down incredibly and it's been hard."
State authorities are also investigating the incident.
Emily insists her husband is a loving dad. And she says their six-year-old son, Dino, is doing fine.
"He knows he's been on the news and he understands that it's become a big situation. So, when it comes down to it, he's doing wonderful and he's happy and he's healthy and he's doing great," said Emily.
Meanwhile, there's outrage over another video of a dad accused of mistreating his child. This time, by throwing the toddler into a pool.
Corey McCarthy says he was trying to teach his two-year-old daughter, Mia a lesson after she accidentally drowned a puppy.
McCarthy has been charged with child abuse. He was reportedly beaten up in the Phoenix jail where he is being held.
So, where does tough love end and child abuse begin?
Psychologist Jeff Gardere told INSIDE EDITION, "Tough love becomes child abuse when you put that child in danger in any way, whether physically or emotionally."
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