A jury in Port Angeles, Wash. acquitted 39-year-old Mark J. Seamands, the man who by all accounts branded his children, of second-degree assault charges, but deadlocked on two lesser charges of fourth-degree assault causing the judge to declare a mistrial.
The children were branded with the letters "SK," which stands for "Seamands' kids," according to CBS affiliate KIRO.
The father also branded himself. He testified he wanted to bring the family closer together while he was going through a divorce.
I will expect the Family Court judge to award custody to the mother. I do not know the law in Washington state, but something like this would quite easily result in an order for minimal supervised behavior.
I put chips in mine . . . no evidence.