A mom in Alaska is on trial for squirting hot sauce in the mouth of her adopted son and then making him stand in a cold shower.
Jessica Beagley, of Anchorage, videotaped the punishment and showed it on the “Dr. Phil” show last year. The mom went to the show to get help for herself and her son, her lawyers say.
“Why did you lie to me? Does it work to lie to me?” she asks the child.
Beagley asks the boy what happens when he lies. “I get hot sauce,” the crying boy replies.
The video shows Beagley leading the boy into a bathroom, where he sits on the counter next to the sink and she squirts hot sauce in his mouth. “Don’t spit it,” she says.
“Are lies supposed to be out of your mouth?” she yells, her arms braced on either side of him. When he admits to lying, she allows him to spit out the hot sauce.
I would like to know more information about the video taping. Was she being more dramatic and harsh with her son just to get featured on Dr. Phil? How often is it happening? Does that matter? Is once bad enough?
Two years ago we discussed a case where the parents were charged with neglect and child abuse because they washed their child’s mouth out with soap and then the child had an allergic reaction to the soap.
Could hot sauce or soap be used in a lesser manner that would be deemed reasonable by most people or should these old-fashioned punishments be removed from a parent’s arsenal?
Is it hard to judge a reasonable punishment in the heat of the moment, when you’re frustrated or upset with your child? Should you decide what your arsenal of acceptable punishments are ahead of time so you don’t cross the line when you are upset?