'Hot Sauce Mom' Sparks Outrage In Russia After 'Dr. Phil' Appearance

Date: 2011-02-04

'Hot Sauce Mom' Sparks Outrage In Russia After 'Dr. Phil' Appearance

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(SEATTLE) -- Jessica Beagley got in a lot of trouble with the government of her home city, Anchorage, Alaska, after she appeared on the Dr. Phil television show last month, charged with child abuse after she was seen forcing her adopted Russian son to drink hot sauce and take cold showers.

Now she is in more trouble – this time with the government of Russia.

"This is the not the first case of the cruel attitude of adoptive American parents towards Russian kids," Yevgeniy Khorishko, the Russian Embassy's press officer, said. "We are in contact with the U.S. officials regarding this case."

Beagley, a 36-year-old mother of six, was charged with misdemeanor child abuse in an Anchorage courtroom last week. She was not present at the arraignment. Her attorneys entered a plea of not guilty.

A police investigation began after Beagley appeared with Dr. Phil McGraw in November of last year in a segment called "Mommy Confessions." Video shot by her daughter shows Beagley at home in Alaska with the boy. As a punishment for lying, she pours hot sauce down the boy's throat.

Beagley and her police officer husband adopted the boy and his twin brother when they were five. They went through a group called the Alaska International Adoption Agency in June 2008.

Officials from the Russian Consulate in Seattle visited the home in late January. For now, the adopted boys are still at the home pending the outcome of the case, Khorishko said.

Beagley's next court date will be in March.

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