Friday, August 19, 2011

Mom on trial for punishing child with hot sauce

ironically i remember watching this episode of the dr. phil so, it was before the summer rerun schedule and my dvr had just finished recording judge judy. it was also before summer camp started, and even though i find times where i reminisce with other counselors about how bad our kids are, how disrespectful they are and how if we would have said the same things to our parents that punishment would be swift and severe. even though there are time where i can remember being hit for no reason or getting struck in public, i dont feel this mom should have such an odd punishment. this clip caused a shit storm in russia due to the fact the kid was adopted from russia, but what about american kids? to this day i can still hear kids getting yelled at, see them being beaten in public or the aftermath of an incident where nothings left but a bad attitude and tears. why aren't americans fighting for their own childrens safety? and why is it okay to swing a newborn baby around your head in russia but punishing a dishonest toddler is wrong?

By MARY PEMBERTON - Associated Press | AP – 14 hrs ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Jurors on Wednesday watched video of a woman squirting hot sauce in the mouth of her adopted son and then making him stand in a cold shower in a case that caused a public uproar in Russia after it aired on the "Dr. Phil" show.
Jessica Beagley, of Anchorage, is charged with misdemeanor child abuse. Beagley's lawyer said she was punishing the 7-year-old boy from Russia because he misbehaved in school and then lied about it.
Beagley used unusual methods because more traditional forms of punishment had not worked with the boy, attorney William Ingaldson said.
Beagley went on the "Dr. Phil" show to try and get help for herself and the boy, Ingaldson told jurors. But, prosecutors say, what Beagley did went beyond what would be considered reasonable parental discipline and amounted to child abuse.
She submitted the nine-minute video, made on Oct. 21, 2010, for an episode titled "Mommy Confessions." It shows the 36-year-old mother talking forcefully to the boy in a hallway in the family's home.
"Why did you lie to me? Does it work to lie to me?" she asks the child.
Beagley asks the boy what happens when he lies. "I get hot sauce," the crying boy replies.
The video shows Beagley leading the boy into a bathroom, where he sits on the counter next to the sink and she squirts hot sauce in his mouth. "Don't spit it," she says.
"Are lies supposed to be out of your mouth?" she yells, her arms braced on either side of him. When he admits to lying, she allows him to spit out the hot sauce.
She then explains to the child that he is going to get in a cold shower for lying about misbehavior at school: wriggling in his seat and sword-fighting with pencils.
The video did not show the child in the shower, but the boy's screams can be heard.
"Listen to your teacher," she says. "You are to do what you are told."
Viewers contacted Anchorage police after the "Dr. Phil" episode aired last November.
Beagley and her husband, an Anchorage police officer, are trying to give two orphans a chance at a better life, Ingaldson told jurors. The Beagleys, who have four biological children, adopted the twin boys after they had been in the orphanage for three years.
He said the twins were born to a mother with a drinking problem and a father who was in and out of jail. When Russia investigators caught up with the family, they were living in a shack. The boys slept on shelves in an armoire, he said.
The boys were placed in an orphanage where the mother visited three times before abandoning them, Ingaldson said.
The couple "thought this was their chance to make a difference in kids' lives," Ingaldson said.

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