Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Hot Sauce mom get probation
Jessica Beagley shocked viewers on the popular talk show last November when a tape showed her force-feeding her son hot sauce and putting him into a cold shower for misbehaving at school. She was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and prosecutors said that she did it only to meet the talk-show host. A jury found her guilty earlier this month.On Monday, Judge David Wallace gave her a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail and a suspended $2,500 fine, the Anchorage Daily News reported."You're not a danger to the public," the judge told her, according to the newspaper. "I think you committed a one-time act to get on a TV show."
Prosecutors painted Beagley as a fame-hungry mom who unnecessarily punished her adopted Russian son to get on the show. The video, which was filmed by her daughter, was aired on a Nov. 17 segment called "Mommy Confessions."
On Monday, Beagley pleaded to the court to spare her jail time for the bad parenting.
"My most important job in this life is of being a mother," Beagley said, according to the paper.
"I would ask that the court would allow me to be that. To be that mother that I would like to be, to not disrupt the lives of my children any more than has been already."
Beagley faced up to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 30 days in jail with another 330 days suspended and a $3,000 fine with $1,500 suspended.