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‘Hot Sauce Mom’ From ‘Dr. Phil’ Convicted on Charges of Child Abuse

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A woman in Alaska- who attracted the scorn of TV viewers and YouTube users after a clip from the Dr. Phil show circulated depicting her punishing her small son with mouthfuls of hot sauce and ice cold showers- has been convicted of child abuse in an Anchorage courtroom.

If you saw the clip the first time it circulated, you are probably not surprised by this verdict. In the clip, 36-year-old Jessica Beagley is seen shouting at the terrified boy for misbehaving in school, “drawing cards” for infractions he has committed while in the care of his teachers. The mom is then seen pouring hot sauce on the frightened toddler’s tongue before admonishing him not to spit the painful liquid into the sink as he cries in pain.

Also in the clip, Beagley is seen forcing the small child into a cold shower, shouting at him as he cries for the punishment to stop. Authorities in Anchorage began investigating the mom after the clip aired across the country, causing massive outcry. Earlier this week, Beagley was convicted on a charge of misdemeanor child abuse in an Alaska courtroom, and could face up to a year in jail.

The defendant and her lawyers contended that the abuse never occurred in earnest- Beagley argued that she played up her disciplinary tactics in order to win a spot on the show and secure help for her son. Prosecutors disagreed:

“The act of videotaping yourself punishing your child in order to try to convince a show to let you on is the abuse,” said Cynthia Franklin, a municipal prosecutor.

A legal analyst commented that the act of engaging in the abuse specifically to get on television might have actually lost the Hot Sauce Mom sympathy in the eyes of the jury, as it could be deemed especially cruel:

“The law required the jury to find her behavior was either cruelty or torture, and that’s what the jury found — convicted her of one misdemeanor count of child abuse. They’re saying the hot sauce, the cold shower and probably, most importantly, the act of videotaping the punishment — all of that taken together added up to cruelty, and therefore child abuse.”

Beagley’s lawyer argued that statutes dictating acceptable punishments for children of that age were not necessarily clear.

Watch the Hot Sauce Mom clip below- did she get off too lightly?

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31 Responses to “‘Hot Sauce Mom’ From ‘Dr. Phil’ Convicted on Charges of Child Abuse”

  1. Amanda Edwards

    Poor baby! Omg! I'm glad this crazy woman got convicted.

  2. Amanda Edwards

    Poor baby! Omg! I'm glad this crazy woman got convicted.

  3. Craig Ewers

    Too watch this boy & see his reaction to his mother is sad & no wonder boundaries of abuse were crossed, however I feel as if it was done more to be on tv than anything else! It is still so sad & just a small glimpse of what goes on all over the world on a daily basis! We have duct tape & chloroform & now we have hot sauce & cold showers! What's next the rubber hose & bright lamp in the eye? Really sad:(

  4. Craig Ewers

    Too watch this boy & see his reaction to his mother is sad & no wonder boundaries of abuse were crossed, however I feel as if it was done more to be on tv than anything else! It is still so sad & just a small glimpse of what goes on all over the world on a daily basis! We have duct tape & chloroform & now we have hot sauce & cold showers! What's next the rubber hose & bright lamp in the eye? Really sad:(

  5. Craig Ewers

    One can only wonder if this mother suffered some kind of child abuse herself growing up so this is why she disciplined in this way! If so, it only adds value to the necessity of proper discipline as a child as children become parents w/ children & the behaviors of the parent often follow to the child!!

  6. Craig Ewers

    One can only wonder if this mother suffered some kind of child abuse herself growing up so this is why she disciplined in this way! If so, it only adds value to the necessity of proper discipline as a child as children become parents w/ children & the behaviors of the parent often follow to the child!!

  7. Mike Posey

    Really? A condiment and cold water is now considered abuse? Boo-hoo. Hot sauce burns for 5 minutes, causes no damage of any kind, and provides aversion therapy and I doubt the water coming out of their home pipes was any colder than a swimming pool everyone allows their children to jump into, wasn't like she was giving him an ice bath. Show her shouting, toss in some negative spin though and suddenly everyone is screaming abuse. Morons.

  8. Mike Posey

    Really? A condiment and cold water is now considered abuse? Boo-hoo. Hot sauce burns for 5 minutes, causes no damage of any kind, and provides aversion therapy and I doubt the water coming out of their home pipes was any colder than a swimming pool everyone allows their children to jump into, wasn't like she was giving him an ice bath. Show her shouting, toss in some negative spin though and suddenly everyone is screaming abuse. Morons.

  9. Marissa Evans

    My little brother was given hot sauce whenever he bit someone…got to the point that he really did learn to love hot sauce.

  10. Marissa Evans

    My little brother was given hot sauce whenever he bit someone…got to the point that he really did learn to love hot sauce.

  11. Cori Whitney

    What a crazy lady. Just because it was "okay" in the past doesn't mean it is okay in the present. Screaming, hot sauce, freezing shower is not okay. But hey any crazy supporters let me know how in the world that ever teaches a lesson that doesn't involve dominance-crushing and fear? Might as well treat your child like an animal at that point. Sad some people just can't seem to use their brain while parenting.

  12. Lara Patricia Garcia Olmos

    The child had issues that were addressed to her before they adopted him. She knew this and still adopted him. She forced a mouthful of hot sauce in his mouth and demanded he swish it around his mouth and then stripped him naked and forced him in a cold shower. Maybe in South Carolina your water does not come out very cold but up North it is icey cold. I know this because I have friends that live down south and they tell me when they come up how much colder our water is. And all this because he got into a little trouble at school for acting out and since he knew his freak of a mom was violent lied to her hoping he would not get tortured again. And her daughter video taped it so she could be on a show!!!! Crazy! This crazy mom's parents probably did the hot sauce and cold showers too and created this heartless woman My gosh and you think that is just fine who cares right Mike? Not like she broke any bones right?? And you just love taking cold showers right? Reminds you of being in a pool right? I just thank God that I know better and I will never mistreat my daughters the way my mom mistreated me. And guess what Mike they are happy and well behaved and they love and trust me to tell me anything. Even when it's bad. It took a long time for me to forgive my mom and not wish her dead.

  13. Lara Patricia Garcia Olmos

    The child had issues that were addressed to her before they adopted him. She knew this and still adopted him. She forced a mouthful of hot sauce in his mouth and demanded he swish it around his mouth and then stripped him naked and forced him in a cold shower. Maybe in South Carolina your water does not come out very cold but up North it is icey cold. I know this because I have friends that live down south and they tell me when they come up how much colder our water is. And all this because he got into a little trouble at school for acting out and since he knew his freak of a mom was violent lied to her hoping he would not get tortured again. And her daughter video taped it so she could be on a show!!!! Crazy! This crazy mom's parents probably did the hot sauce and cold showers too and created this heartless woman My gosh and you think that is just fine who cares right Mike? Not like she broke any bones right?? And you just love taking cold showers right? Reminds you of being in a pool right? I just thank God that I know better and I will never mistreat my daughters the way my mom mistreated me. And guess what Mike they are happy and well behaved and they love and trust me to tell me anything. Even when it's bad. It took a long time for me to forgive my mom and not wish her dead.

  14. Mike Posey

    Oh please, "icy cold"? Hyperbole much? You can try an make it sound like she's water boarding the kid all you want (just like this article) but the fact is she's just taking a stern, non-damaging approach to discipline, something severely lacking in today's youth. Yes, I do think it's just fine. If ammonia inhalation can be considered viable for aversion therapy, why not a bottle of Tabasco? Violent? Show me anywhere where she is "violent", I dare you. At no point in that video does she raise a hand to the child or threaten him with any force, but I guess on your little high horse you've never raised your voice so you could mistake that for violence eh? Just because you don't like it doesn't make it criminal, simply because you find it "shocking" and "outrageous" doesn't mean it's abuse. This is not the land of mob mentality, although you wouldn't know it anymore, it's the land of the free. She was convicted of a crime by 12 people who saw a tape and couldn't separate emotion from logic, typical of our justice system. Woo, your daughters are perfect little snowflakes, congratulations, but I find it offensive and potentially criminal that you don't instill rigid discipline in them and you just assume they are going to tell you anything and everything. I'll be contacting the Mokena sheriffs dept. and filing a complaint with child services since I obviously know how to raise your children better than you do!
    Silly, isn't it?

  15. Laila Al-Hmoud

    Crazy heartless sick mother. This little kid must not stay with her anymore. I feel so bad for him :(

  16. Laila Al-Hmoud

    Crazy heartless sick mother. This little kid must not stay with her anymore. I feel so bad for him :(

  17. Jessica Roberson

    This poor baby…. I just want to hold him close. That horrible woman should not be around children. EVER!

  18. Jessica Roberson

    This poor baby…. I just want to hold him close. That horrible woman should not be around children. EVER!

  19. Tahani A Tahani

    الولد روسي وبالتبني كمان اذا مانتي قد اولاد لا تتبني الاطفال مسئولية يارب اعنا عليها

  20. Tahani A Tahani

    الولد روسي وبالتبني كمان اذا مانتي قد اولاد لا تتبني الاطفال مسئولية يارب اعنا عليها

  21. Tiffany Trowell

    She is a bitch. I would love to meet her and show her what discipline an adult receives in my book for "making bad choices" Call me Dr. Phil.

  22. Tiffany Trowell

    She is a bitch. I would love to meet her and show her what discipline an adult receives in my book for "making bad choices" Call me Dr. Phil.

  23. Lisa Weber

    What I want to know is whether or not the person VIDEOTAPING got any legal sanctions against them for PARTICIPATING IN THIS abuse. I couldn't even listen to the whole thing, that poor little boy crying in the shower just broke my heart.

  24. Lisa Weber

    Answered my own question with further searching: she recruited her 10yr-old daughter to videotape the abuse. Sick, sick, sick…and wow, a year's worth of probation.

  25. James Michael Millette

    I'd like to meet th man that fucked this lady's head up. Lol she's an idiot. Her voice alone would probably lead me to one day beating her senseless if I was the little boy in this video.