Jessica Beagley, who was caught on tape forcing her adopted seven-year-old son to drink hot sauce and stand under a freezing cold shower, could spend up to a year in jail. Should she spend time behind bars?
Jessica Beagley, 36, of Anchorage, Alaska, is now facing her own punishment after she forced her Russian adopted son Kristoff, seven, to drink hot sauce and take an ice cold shower for misbehaving. Last November, Jessica sent in video footage of the cruel punishment — that her 10-year-old biological daughter recorded — and appeared on the Dr. Phil show to talk about her situation. Right about now, we’re sure she regrets that decision– she has been convicted of misdemeanor child abuse!
Neither Beagley nor her husband Gary Beagley, a police officer, showed any emotion when the verdict was announced by the six-person jury (three men and three women) on Tuesday, August 23, after four days of testimony.
She could face the maximum sentence of one year in jail, a $10,000 fine and up to ten years of probation when she is sentenced on Monday, August 29, said District Court Judge David Wallace.
Beagley’s defense attorney Bill Ingaldson tells The Today Show that Jessica regrets sending in the video, explaining that she was looking for advice on disciplining her misbehaving child. If she hadn’t done that, she never would have been charged with child abuse, he explained. “It is our feeling Jessica was doing the best she could … this is a very good, loving family,” Ingaldson added.
The Beagley’s have been investigated by Child Protective Services and they found no reason to take custody of the children away from the couple. Ingalson says he will request no jail time for Beagley and continues to say that it was all a bad misunderstanding.
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