Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hot Sauce, Cold Showers and Eyebrow Waxing: Child Abuse or Not?

36-year-old Anchorage, Alaska resident, is charged with child abuse because of her appearance on "Dr.Phil".

Bee-Tee-Dubs: This video was removed from You Tube because it VIOLATED their violence content agreement.

The audience saw video of her disciplining a 7-year-old son by putting hot sauce in his mouth and forcing him into a cold shower. In the video, Beagley is punishing the boy for "pulling three cards," a reference to three reports from his school of bad behavior. The methods chosen by were unreasonable, said municipal prosecutor Cynthia Franklin.
"She has not done anything that would warrant a criminal charge for child abuse," said attorney William Ingaldson. "If this hadn't showed up on 'Dr. Phil,' there wouldn't be anybody saying anything about it. Some people think spanking your child is wrong, and she doesn't even do that," Ingaldson said.
Neither the child in the video nor five other children in the home have been removed by the Office of Children's Services, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.
"We've tried timeouts with (him)," Beagley says in a YouTube video from the "Dr. Phil" appearance.

"That is a big joke." In the video, Beagley goes on to explain that those previous methods of discipline — timeouts, spankings, forced exercise, soap in the mouth — didn't stop the boy from acting out and lying, so she turned to hot sauce. When she's at her wits' end, the boy gets a cold shower, Beagley says.
The U.S. Department of Health and Safety lists several factors in determining what is child abuse. A method of unreasonable discipline included in the code is the scalding, branding or burning of a child. Though the code does not mention hot sauce specifically, the section on burning applies to hot sauce, according to the prosecutor's office. The Beagley children haven't had physical injuries or medical care for injuries.

If the kid had no injuries and still was cleaned in the process, I can't really imagine what the big deal was to be honest. I have seen worse, feel free to leave your comments below. But I did come across this video from "Toddlers and Tiaras" in which a mother is forcing her 5 year old daughter to have an eyebrow wax. She even admits in the video that her daughter is so afraid because she had an experience in the past that caused her skin to be ripped fro her face. Child abuse? You be the judge.

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