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Alaska Mom Convicted of Child Abuse for Hot-Sauce Punishment of Son — an Apparent Ploy to Get on ‘Dr. Phil’

Aug 24, 2011  •  Post A Comment

An Alaska mother was convicted of misdemeanor child abuse Tuesday for forcing her 7-year-old adopted son to keep hot sauce in his mouth for more than a minute — a punishment that prosecutors said may have been designed to get her on "Dr. Phil," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jessica Beagley also made her son stand in a cold shower when he misbehaved, the story says. The punishments were videotaped and used during an October 2010 "Mommy Confessions" segment on "Dr. Phil," the article notes.

Beagley had first contacted the show in 2009 to join in an "Angry Moms" discussion, the story says. She asked her 10-year-old daughter to tape her punishing her son a year and a half later after the show’s producers said they needed tape of her disciplining him, the story says.

Her defense team said she resorted to these types of punishments because nothing else had worked, the piece adds.

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