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Alaska woman convicted of child abuse for squirting hot sauce in adopted son's mouth
ANCHOREAGE, Alaska (AP) ' An Alaska woman has been convicted of misdemeanor child abuse after squirting hot sauce into the mouth of her adopted Russian son as punishment in what prosecutors said was a calculated move to get on the "Dr. Phil" TV show.
The jury returned its verdict Tuesday in the case of 36-year-old Jessica Beagley of Anchorage.
In closing arguments, prosecutor Cynthia Franklin said Beagley recorded the punishment for a segment of the show titled "Mommy Confessions."
Beagley's lawyer William Ingaldson countered that she made the video and went on the show because she was desperate to find help for her son, a Russian orphan with some behavioral problems.
Ingaldon said Beagley turned to unconventional means of punishment, which also included making the boy stand in a cold shower, because traditional methods hadn't worked.