A Chinese immigrant admitted he went too far when he slapped his 8-year-old daughter for lying, and he vowed to "use the American way" when disciplining her in the future.

"I will never discipline her physically," Hou-Lin Li said Monday following a court hearing during which he pleaded guilty to battery against his child.Li and his wife, Luying Deng, were charged with domestic battery for slapping their daughter in July because she forged their signatures on a teacher's note, lied about it and lied about losing a ring.

After slapping the girl, the Lis took her to a park where she thought she had lost the ring. A park district employee who saw the girl's red face and tears called police, who arrested the parents and placed the girl in state custody.