Woman on trial in son's death said she followed evangelist on discipline

SMITHFIELD, N.C. — Lynn Paddock told jurors on Monday that she turned to the teachings of Tennessee evangelist Michael Pearl when timeout wasn't working for her adoptive children.

Pearl, who advocated hitting children with plastic plumbing supply line, publishes books advising parents how to raise submissive, godly children.

"We liked Michael Pearl's because it was quick, and didn't demean the child," Paddock told jurors. "It could also be done more consistently. He talked about giving a swat and moving on."

Paddock's testimony came in her first-degree murder trial in the suffocation of her 4-year-old son, Sean. The child died in February 2006 when he was wrapped so tightly in blankets that he couldn't breathe.

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