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August 17, 2011 6:35 AM

'Hot sauce mom' abuse trial opens in Alaska

Opening statements are expected today in the trial of an Anchorage mother accused of abusing her adopted Russian son by putting hot sauce in his mouth as punishment for bad behavior. Municipal prosecutors charged Jessica Beagley, 36, in January with one count of misdemeanor child abuse after her unorthodox punishments were featured on national television for a November 2010 segment of the "Dr. Phil" show called "Mommy Confessions."

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