A teen who had hot sauce poured in his eyes and mouth as a punishment has been safely returned to the custody of his father, and two Utah women have been arrested and charged after the abusive discipline came to the attention of police and local child welfare authorities.
The 14-year-old boy was not only subject to hot sauce poured in his eyes and mouth, but several other punishments that clearly seem to fall into the realm of abusive behavior.
ABC describes a “pattern of abuse” including hot sauce poured in the teen’s eyes inflicted by mother Robin Willette Rumsey, and her friend, Krista Jean Miller, 38 and 33 respectively. Allegedly persisting for about a year, the abuse included several cruel and unconventional means of discipline that could have harmed the boy.
The network explains:
“A mother and her friend jailed on suspicion of duct-taping a teenage boy, forcing him to inhale marijuana and pouring hot sauce in his eyes as punishment could face additional child-abuse charges in an ongoing investigation, police in a Salt Lake City suburb said Thursday.”
The case in which hot sauce was poured in the 14-year-old’s eyes is still under investigation, but Marsha Christensen, Miller’s foster mother, believes that dispute over the custody of the alleged victim is at the heart of the accusations — and that the woman she knows Miller to be would not perpetrate such abusive discipline on a child:
“No, she was not raised this way.”