Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hot Sauce mom get probation

 A mom who fed her son hot sauce to get on the "Dr. Phil" show received three years of probation and must continue to attend counseling.
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.

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