ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The arrest of an NFL superstar on child abuse charges raises questions about when discipline goes too far.
On Monday, The Minnesota Vikings activated running back Adrian Peterson. He was benched for Sunday's game after he surrendered to authorities in Texas on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child after whipping his 4-year-old son with a switch.
Officials at Open Arms in Albany say discipline can be criminal when parents leave physical injuries or mentally abuse a child. They make sure victims feel safe and at home at their shelter.
" We try to get very personal and very intimate with them from the perspective that we want them to feel comfortable and come and tell us anything that might be on their mind," said Dr. Sinay Edwards, Open Arms Program Director. "We have group sessions with them on a daily basis."
Opens arms also helps runaway and homeless youth.