A mother from Middletown, Pennsylvania bit and slammed her 13-year-old daughter’s head into a bathroom wall in March after the teen recited Bible verses incorrectly. She also threatened to kill the child.
"This was an extremely scary situation for this young victim to have to endure. Fortunately, she is doing well now and is in a safe place," Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack said Thursday, according to Penn Live.
Rhonda Shoffner, 41, pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated assault, strangulation, child endangerment and making terroristic threats. On Wednesday, she was sentenced 2.5 to 5 years in state prison.
According to a complaint, Shoffner expected her daughter to repeat selected Bible verses back to her, word for word. The verse that set off Shoffner?
“God told the man to kill his son,” according to the Press and Journal. Her daughter responded with, “God said to forgive his son.” That’s when Shoffner grabbed the girl by her hair and slammed her head into a wall five times. She also kicked her daughter in the stomach and in the head before biting her forearm and shoulder.
“Just leave and don't ever come back,” Shoffner yelled at her child. Soon after, the victim and her father went to a police station where police noted the visible injuries.
When officers arrived at Schoffner’s home, she screamed at them half naked from a second-story window, according to the Daily Mail. She flipped the cops off and warned them that she “had something for them” if they went inside.
Fox43 reports that Shoffner had been drinking for three days before attacking her daughter. A judge ordered her to undergo substance abuse counseling while in prison.
This week, Shoffner was also sentenced for biting and hitting a woman during a January altercation. In February she was charged with open lewdness and disorderly conduct for another dispute.
Shoffner was a member of several Christian Facebook group.
[Photo: Middletown Police Department]