This is a result of U.S. law being based on compromise. The legislature, especially in places like Utah, has been reluctant to stand up against the old "spare the rod, spoil the child" mentality. Instead, we count on people knowing how to beat their kids discreetly.
If these poor children had been girls instead of boys, I wonder if the police would have been a little more sympathetic to the harm being done.
"These days I just try to keep to myself,
well aware I've lost touch with everyone else.
I understand that I'm fading away."