Alaska woman in hot sauce case spared jail time

By DAN JOLING | August 29, 2011 | 7:35 PM EDT

FILE - Jessica Beagley appears in court on the first day of her trial in Anchorage, Alaska, in this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo. Beagley was convicted Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 of misdemeanor child abuse after squirting hot sauce into the mouth of her adopted Russian son as punishment in what prosecutors said was a ploy to get on the "Dr. Phil" TV show.(AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman convicted of punishing her adopted Russian son by squirting hot sauce into his mouth has been spared immediate jail time.

Thirty-six-year-old Jessica Beagley was given three years of probation, a 180-day suspended jail sentence and a $2,500 fine — also suspended — after she was convicted last week of misdemeanor child abuse. Prosecutors say she used a videotape of herself punishing the 7-year-old boy as a ploy to get on the "Dr. Phil" TV show.

Beagley submitted the eight-minute tape for a show segment titled "Mommy Confessions." She said the boy had lied about getting into trouble at school.

After squirting hot sauce in the boy's mouth for lying, she put him in a cold shower for getting in trouble in school.

Beagley had faced a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $10,000 fine.