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Alaska's "Hot Sauce Mom" Jessica Beagley convicted of child abuse

(CBS/AP) ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Jessica Beagley, the woman dubbed the "hot sauce mom" after she poured hot sauce into the mouth of her adopted Russian son for lying about getting in trouble in school, has been convicted of misdemeanor child abuse in what prosecutors said was a ploy to get on the "Dr. Phil" TV show.

The 36-year-old mother made a videotape of how she punished the boy and submitted it to the show. The tape shows Beagley yelling at the crying boy. She then tipped his chin up and poured hot sauce in his mouth.

Beagley then had the screaming boy stand in a cold shower for sword-fighting with pencils in school.

Both actions were recorded on a videotape submitted to the "Dr. Phil" show. Anchorage police got calls from viewers after the show aired last October.

Neither Beagley nor her husband showed any emotion when the six-person jury announced its decision on Tuesday. The couple walked quickly from the courtroom and down a set of stairs without responding to questions from reporters.

Jessica Beagley could face the maximum sentence of one year in jail, a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years of probation when she is sentenced Monday, said District Judge David Wallace.

She remains free without bail because the case is a misdemeanor.

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