Russians Outraged Over 'Hot Sauce Mom'


The mom admits to spanking her child and forcing him to do jumping jacks until he was exhausted. During the show, the boy is being punished for getting "three cards pulled," three infractions at school.

"They're good people caught up in a bad situation," Peter Ramgren, one of Beagley's defense attorneys, said last week. "Child Protective Services has done a complete investigation and found no evidence of abuse of the other children…if they believed it was a dangerous situation they would have removed the children."

On camera, Beagley is seen pouring hot sauce down the boy's throat as punishment for lying. Beagley, leaning over the boy as he sits on the bathroom counter, says, "Don't spit it."

The boy can be heard screaming when Beagley forces him to take a cold shower.

"When [he] gets a cold shower, I am at the end of my rope," Beagley said on the show. "Nothing's gotten the results that I want."

She told Dr. Phil her son is "the biggest stress in my life."

A spokeswoman for the "Dr Phil" show told The Associated Press that producers routinely ask participants to tape "naturally occurring behaviors and interactions, in order to gain insight" when dealing with family dynamics.

"We were shocked by what we saw, and called for the immediate halting of this behavior and also referred, at the show's expense, both mother and child for evaluation and treatment with appropriate professionals," Stacey Luchs, spokeswoman for the show, told the Associated Press in an e-mail.

The Beagley family is active in the Mormon church. The couple has four biological children along with the adopted twin boys.

Beagley's next court date will be in March.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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