This is an interesting case: http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/09/12/0912salazar.html On Sept. 5, state District Judge Charlie Baird sentenced Salazar, who had no criminal history, to 10 years of probation after she reached a plea bargain with prosecutors. In Texas, judges set conditions of probation. In addition to requiring Salazar to perform 100 hours of community service and to undergo a mental health assessment and setting other typical conditions, Baird told Salazar not to have any more children. The women apparently did nothing while the father beat the child. (He is doing 15 years) I'm not sure about the constitutionality of this. Although I've seen all kinds of things be set by judges as a condition of probation, this will make an interesting challenge (If she decides to challenge it). I can only hope that he also makes it a condition of the father's parole (in 15 years). The good news here, is that the child has been taken away from them, and hopefully is in a loving foster home now.