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Mom Beat Child For Not Reciting Bible Verses Correctly

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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A Pennsylvania mother will spend up to five years in prison for beating her daughter because the teen incorrectly recited Bible passages.

Police arrested Rhonda Kemp Shoffner, 41, in March after she beat and threatened to kill her daughter, who was under the age of 13 at the time. Shoffner was reported to be drunk for three days straight at the time of the assault, according to PennLive.

According to police records, the daughter woke from a nap on March 14 when her mother demanded she call multiple family members. When none of her relatives picked up the phone, her mother forced her to get on her knees in the bathroom.

"Please don't hit me," she told Shoffner. "I don't want to get on my knees." 

Police say the enraged Shoffner told her "to get on her (expletive) knees."

Shoffner then began reciting Bible verses with the expectation that her daughter would repeat them back to her verbatim. 

"What did God tell the man to do with his son?" Shoffner asked.

Her daughter said she did not know, and guessed, "God said to forgive his son."

Shoffner replied: "God told the man to kill his son." She then grabbed her daughter by the hair and slammed her head into the wall.

Every time the girl answered incorrectly, the mother once again slammed her head into the wall. The teen repeatedly begged her mother to stop.

After a while, Shoffner demanded that she lie on the floor, saying "I'm gonna f***ing kill you." Shoffner began strangling the girl and the two got into a physical confrontation. As her daughter fought for her life, Shoffner bit her forearm and shoulder.

"Just leave and don't ever come back," Shoffner eventually told her.

The girl then grabbed her coat, sneakers and phone and ran out of the house. She called her father, who drove her to the police station.

On Oct. 26, Shoffner plead guilty to charges of aggravated assault, strangulation, child endangerment and making terroristic threats. In addition to her prison sentence, the judge also ordered the 41 year old to undergo substance abuse counseling. 

"This was an extremely scary situation for this young victim to have to endure," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack on Oct. 26. "Fortunately, she is doing well now and is in a safe place." 

Shoffner also pleaded guilty to a January incident in which she got into a physical confrontation with another woman in a car. 

Sources: PennLive (2) / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: PennLive, Rhonda Kemp Shoffner/Facebook via The Sun

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