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Police: Mom Assaulted Girl For Not Reciting Bible Right

Rhonda Kemp Shoffner was charged with aggravated assault against a child, as well as strangulation and terroristic threats in Middletown, Pennsylvania, on March 14.

Shoffner allegedly assaulted her daughter, and forced her to leave the family home for not correctly reciting Bible verses, reports

The daughter, who is under 13 years of age, told police that her mother had been drunk for three days, and ordered her to go to the bathroom and get down on her knees.

The girl reportedly knew she would be beaten, and told Shoffner: "Please don't hit me. I don't want to get on my knees."

Police said Shoffner became angry, told her child "to get on her [expletive] knees," quoted Bible verses to the frightened girl, and expected that the verses would be repeated back verbatim.

Shoffner reportedly asked the girl, "What did God tell the man to do with his son?" But when the girl was unable to answer, Shoffner said, "God told the man to kill his son," police said.

The girl reportedly said, "God said to forgive his son."

According to police, Shoffner grabbed her daughter's hair, and slammed her head into a wall. The punishment allegedly happened at least five times, every time the girl gave a wrong answer or didn't quote a Bible verse correctly.

When the girl tried to defend herself with her hands, Shoffner reportedly kicked her child at least twice.

Police say Shoffner told the girl to lie on her back, stated, "I'm gonna kill you [expletive]," and tried to strangle her.

When the girl tried to fight her mom off, Shoffner allegedly bit her forearm and left shoulder.

Shoffner reportedly told her daughter to "just leave and don't ever come back," and the girl left with a few items, including her phone.

The daughter called her father, who took her to a police station where the girl told her story. Her mother was arrested the same day.

Police were called to Shoffner's home on Feb. 10 on a domestic disturbance call, reports No one answered the door when the officers knocked and identified themselves.

Police said Shoffner, half-naked at the time, leaned out of a second-floor window, cursed at the police officers and demanded they get off her property.

Shoffner reportedly made an obscene gesture, told the police that if they entered through her front door she had "something" for them.

Police filed charges against Shoffner for open lewdness and disorderly conduct.

Shoffner is part of several Christian Facebook groups, according to the Daily Mail, and often shared her Biblical wisdom on the social media site:

Don't let anyone tell you tht you CAN'T do something, when the Bible clearly says, "I CAN do all things through Christ!"

No matter what anyone thinks of me, God knows my heart and that's ALL that really matters.

Sources:, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Middletown Police via

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