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(NEWSER) – Spanking children has been outlawed in dozens of countries, but it's still legal in all 50 states—and in Florida, you can apparently request a police presence. Police in Okeechobee County say father Dale Garcia asked a deputy to stand by and make sure he was obeying the law as he spanked his 12-year-old daughter with a paddle, WPTV reports.

According to the deputy's incident report from Dec. 29, he stood by as the father spanked the girl, who had been fighting with her sister, "four times on her buttocks." Since no crime was committed, "this case is closed," the deputy wrote.

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