TAMPA - Alaska mother Jessica Beagley told Dr. Phil her seven-year-old adopted son is out of control and she's tried everything to discipline him including "Hot saucing," a controversial method of discipline.
Some call it the new "Bar of soap in the mouth," which most of us are very familiar with. But Lisa didn't stop at “Hot saucing.”
In the video she gave to the Dr. Phil show in an effort to get help disciplining her son she videotaped herself standing at the bathroom counter where her son sat. She was nose-to-nose with the boy as she loudly questioned him.
Jessica Beasley: “Does it work to lie to me? What happens when you lie to me?”
7-year-old: “I get hot sauce (crying).
Jessica Beasley: You get hot sauce! What else happens when you lie to me?
7-year-old: I get a cold shower.
Jessica Beasley: What is the consequence for pulling a card at school?
7-year-old: A cold shower (crying).
Jessica Beasley: A cold shower, get undressed right now!
A blood-curdling scream came from behind the blue and pink shower curtain as she continued scolding him about misbehaving at school, causing the teacher to send him home with color-coded cards.
“You pulled three cards today that is unacceptable behavior! You are to do what you are told! You are supposed to listen to your teacher and when you are told to stop you stop! Do you understand what I am telling you?” screamed Beagley.
ABC Action News interviewed Major Rob Bullara of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. He watched the video and we asked if this mother had gone too far.
“In this case, this women evidently has some anger management issues with how she's handling that event with that small child. We would definitely investigate,” said Bullara.
The Major added whether Beagley went too far can't be answered without a thorough investigation and that would "absolutely" happen in Hillsborough County with a case like this.
“It is very disturbing to look at this due to the sheer fear that she places in that child, which would also be considered by a prosecutor or law enforcement in regards to bringing charges against her,” said Bullara.
Officials in Alaska concur and Beagley is facing misdemeanor child abuse charges. She is expected in court March 21. Her lawyer said this is a family matter and she will plead “Not guilty."
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