A Pennsylvania mother who beat her daughter for incorrectly reciting Bible verses will serve 2 1/2 to 5 years in state prison.
A judge sentenced Rhonda Shoffner, 41, to prison after she pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, child endangerment, strangulation and making terroristic threats, according to Penn Live.
"This was an extremely scary situation for this young victim to have to endure," Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack said on Oct. 26. "Fortunately, she is doing well now and is in a safe place."
The father of Shoffner's 13-year-old daughter took the teen to the police station so she could tell officers what her mother had done to her, the Miami Herald reports. Police arrested Shoffner shortly after.
A criminal complaint revealed that Shoffner had been drunk for three days when she ordered her daughter to call family members. When they did not answer her calls, she ordered her daughter to get on her knees, which the teen knew meant her mother was going to beat her.
"Please don't hit me, I don't want to get on my knees," the girl begged of her mother.
Shoffner then began quoting Bible verses to her daughter and asked her to recite them back. The mother then said to her daughter: "What did God tell the man to do with his son? God told the man to kill his son."
She told her daughter to repeat her, but the teen instead replied, "God said to forgive his son." Shoffner then grabbed her daughter's head and slammed it into the wall.
Every time the teen incorrectly recited a Bible verse, Shoffner slammed her head against the wall. According to criminal complaint, she did this at least five times, while also kicking the girl in the stomach and the head.
The complaint continued to reveal that Shoffner ordered her daughter to lie on the ground and told her she was going to kill her. She then started choking her daughter, who attempted to fight back. Shoffner then bit her daughter on the arm and the shoulder before telling her to "just leave and don't ever come back."
Following the incident, the girl called her father, who drove her to the police station.
Authorities arrested Shoffner and charged her with aggravated assault of a minor, among other charges. Police said at the time of the incident, the mother was on probation for a DUI.
The judge ordered Shoffner to undergo substance abuse counseling and to serve 5 years of probation following the completion of her prison sentence.