22 Aug '11, 11pm

US mum on trial for child abuse over squirting hot sauce into son's mouth was just trying to get on TV

US mum on trial for child abuse over squirting hot sauce into son's mouth was just trying to get on TV

Jessica Beagley appears in court on the first day of her trial in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A prosecutor says an Alaska mother seeking sensational footage to get on the Dr Phil self-help TV show punished her 7-year-old adopted son by putting hot sauce in his mouth. Prosecutor Cynthia Franklin said in closing arguments on Monday that 33-year-old Jessica Beagley recorded the punishment for a show segment titled 'Mommy Confessions'. The Anchorage woman faces misdemeanour child abuse charges. But Beagley's lawyer says she made the video and went on the show because she was desperate to find help for her son, who was adopted from a Russian orphanage and has psychological and emotional problems. The lawyer has claimed that Beagley resorted to unconventional disciplinary methods like putting him in a cold shower because ...

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