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Probation for Wisconsin couple in child abuse case

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin couple has been sentenced to 18 months of probation for physically abusing their young children on religious grounds.

Thirty-year-old Matthew Caminiti and his 27-year-old wife, Alina Caminiti, were sentenced Friday in Dane County. 

Judge Ellen Berz says the couple should have known that striking their children, including infants, on their bare bottoms with wooden dowels was wrong and misguided.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the couple said in court that they stopped punishing their children with rods once they learned it was illegal.

The Caminitis were members of the Aleitheia Bible Church in Black Earth. The church was led by Matthew Caminiti's father, Philip Caminiti, who preached that children were to be disciplined with rods, as instructed by the Bible, to cure them of selfish behavior.

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