There's a big difference between discipline and a beating. The sheer number of marks on that kid is way over the line. It's a 4 year old, too. Barely old enough to even know what they did "wrong", let alone understand why they're being beaten.
Oh great. I guess we'll have to get used to some new facts in the case. She was obviously attempting to leave for church, which set Hardy off (because he's the devil), and he proceeded to pummel her, causing severe injuries.
It doesn't matter if he's guilty or not. ESPN and the other national media is judge, jury, and executioner these days. They'll just scream at us relentlessly until the league is forced to do something about it.