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Prosecutor says mom punished boy to get on TV

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Jessica Beagley appears in court on the first day of her trial in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Jessica Beagley appears in court on the first day of her trial in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A prosecutor says an Alaska mother seeking sensational footage to get on the "Dr. Phil" self-help TV show punished her 7-year-old adopted son by putting hot sauce in his mouth.

Prosecutor Cynthia Franklin said in closing arguments Monday that 33-year-old Jessica Beagley recorded the punishment for a show segment titled "Mommy Confessions." The Anchorage woman faces misdemeanor child abuse charges.

But Beagley's lawyer says she made the video and went on the show because she was desperate to find help for her son, who was adopted from a Russian orphanage and has psychological and emotional problems. The lawyer has claimed that Beagley resorted to unconventional disciplinary methods like putting him in a cold shower because traditional ones haven't worked on the child.

The case has sparked outrage in Russia.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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