'Hot Sauce Mom' Alaska Woman Convicted of Child Abuse
Jessica Beagley of Anchorage Alaska was convicted Tuesday of misdemeanor child abuse charges after she squirted hot sauce into the mouth of her 7-year-old adopted son as a punishment for misbehaving and lying in school. According to The Huffington Post, prosecutors also charged that she made the boy stand in a cold shower as a punishment, and that both actions were taken as a ploy to get onto a segment of the "Dr. Phil" television show called "Mommy Confessions." The show aired in November 2010. From The Huffington Post:
The boy and his twin brother were both adopted from Russia by Beagley and her husband in 2008. Defense attorneys argued that she had reached out to the "Dr. Phil" show for help, and that she is not a child abuser.
The maximum sentence will be one year in jail, a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years of probation. Beagley will be sentenced Monday, August 29.