An Alaska woman who put hot sauce in her adopted son’s mouth to get on the “Dr. Phil” show was found guilty of misdemeanor child abuse Tuesday. Mother Jessica Beagley, 36, videoed herself pouring hot sauce down the throat of her 7-year-old adopted Russian son, Kristoff, for misbehaving in school. The videoed aired on the popular television talk show. Later, Beagley was charged with a misdemeanor. Beagley’s lawyer, William Ingaldson, argued that she was at her wit’s ends when it came to disciplining her children. He argued while she made poor parenting choices, she was not a criminal mom. Beagley was charged with a criminal misdemeanor.
The abuse or maltreatment of children is against the law. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services maintains a Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment for reports made pursuant to the Social Services Law. The purpose of the Child Protective Services Act of 1973 is to encourage more complete reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. The law established a Child Protective Service in each county in New York. Each Child Protective Service is required to investigate child abuse and maltreatment reports, to protect children under 18 years old from further abuse or maltreatment, and to provide rehabilitative services to children, parents, and other family members involved. NY State Office of Children and Family Services
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