Dr. Phil Hot Sauce Mom Found Guilty of Abuse

According to The Anchorage Daily News, a woman who taped punishing her adopted child by making him drink hot sauce and sending it to Dr. Phil, has been found guilty of child abuse by an Anchorage, Alaska court and may face up to one year in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The abuse charge stems from several phone calls made to Anchorage police after a Dr. Phil segment aired, showing Jessica Beagley, 36, forcing her seven-year-old son to hold a large mouthful of hot sauce, saying "don't you spit it at me", before forcing him to take a cold shower.

Prosecutors said that Beagley abused the little boy to get on national television, while the defense said that she struggled to control the boy.

Beagley and her husband, an Anchorage police officer, adopted the boy and his twin brother from a Russian orphanage when they were five.  The story has made national headlines, and was covered by Today and The Early Show, to name a few.

Here's the Dr. Phil episode so you can judge for yourself:

And here's part two:

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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