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Adoptive dad guilty of child neglect


SANFORD, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- A Florida man facing prison for neglecting  his adopted son and daughter says meting out corporal punishment was the  "Christian" thing to do.

Dwayne Hardy, 50, of Altamonte Springs was convicted late Wednesday and  jailed immediately. Sentencing was set for Aug. 1, the Orlando Sentinel  reported. He faces at least two years in prison.

Hardy's wife, Pamela, 47, who is awaiting trial, has been charged with  aggravated child abuse.

The couple adopted the boy, 10, and girl, 6, in February 2010. By the end of  the year, investigators said, the children looked like they had been starved and  the Hardys were under arrest.

Assistant State Attorney Stacey Salmons said Hardy was complicit in his  wife's physical abuse of the children because he did nothing to stop it. In his  testimony, Hardy said the children were punished by being hit with a wooden  paddle or a belt but said that was the Christian thing to do.

"I've been a Christian for more than half of my life," he said. "We live by  Christian principles."

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2011 Jun 16