This is a most-unfortunate situation for you and your family. Kids can be so trying. In SC, the law requires there to be "reckless" or grossly negilgent behavior on part of a parent using corporal punishment. Spanking is not against the law in SC as long as it is not deem excessive and cause "harm". Now, that is something a judge would need to decide - whether what you did - use of a belt" was excessive - because there are exceptions as I have provided below.
While there was no intent to inflict the injury to her arm the fact that used a belt could go against you. Given that, I suggest you do not go to court alone. I suggest you at least consult with a local attorney who can assist you with this. You can contact a referral via the SC Bar Association - HERE
You certainly don't want a situation where you are convicted of an assault and battery.
This is what the law says in that regard
(1) "Child" means a person under the age of eighteen. (2) "Child abuse or neglect", or "harm" occurs when the parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the child's welfare: (a) inflicts or allows to be inflicted upon the child physical or mental injury or engages in acts or omissions which present a substantial risk of physical or mental injury to the child, including injuries sustained as a result of excessive corporal punishment, but excluding corporal punishment or physical discipline which: (i) is administered by a parent or person in loco parentis; (ii) is perpetrated for the sole purpose of restraining or correcting the child; (iii) is reasonable in manner and moderate in degree; (iv) has not brought about permanent or lasting damage to the child; and (v) is not reckless or grossly negligent behavior by the parents. (b) commits or allows to be committed against the child a sexual offense as defined by the laws of this State or engages in acts or omissions that present a substantial risk that a sexual offense as defined in the laws of this State would be committed against the child
Best to all of you in this matter.
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