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article imageDr. Phil guest charged with 'hot sauce' child abuse

By Ryan Mahon     Jan 30, 2011 in World
Anchorage - A woman from Anchorage, Alaska, who appeared November 17, 2010 on the Dr. Phil show to get help disciplining her adopted seven year-old son, was arraigned on Friday for charges of child abuse.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, during a segment entitled, “Mommy Confessions” Jessica Beagley revealed to Dr. Phil that she resorted to forcing the boy to eat hot sauce and take cold showers when time-outs and exercise drills failed to alter his behavior.
In her efforts to demonstrate to the producers the gravity of her plight, Ms. Beagley allegedly sent videotape of herself forcing her son to eat hot sauce and take cold showers. In clips posted to YouTube, she recounts the punishment for lying and the child says he gets hot sauce and cold showers for not telling the truth. The video was reportedly shot by Ms. Beagley’s 10-year-old daughter. Portions of footage aired on the November show can be seen here. One audience member cried while viewing it.
Her husband, Gary Beagley, a police officer in Anchorage, was quoted in ADN as saying “In the military, we use cold showers for discipline, basically to get people’s attention.”
On the show, Dr. Phil offered evaluations and anger management for the Beagleys, but has not commented since the story of criminal charges broke. It is unknown if they received these services.
In most jurisdictions, licensed counselors and therapists, such as Dr. Phil, are mandated reporters, meaning they are required by law to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child. On his website, Dr. Phil has recommendations for dealing with suspected child abuse or neglect.
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