Rhonda Shoffner was convicted for beating and strangling her daughter over incorrect Bible verses
Shoffner, 41, of Middletown, Pennsylvania pled guilty to aggravated assault, strangulation, endangering the welfare of a child and making terrorist threats
An intoxicated Shoffner ordered her daughter to get on her knees and recite Bible verses, word for word
Each time she missed a line, Shoffner would slam the child’s head against the wall
She then ordered the victim on her back, proceeded to choke and bite her while threatening she was going to “f***ing kill her”
When she 13-year-old fought back, Shoffner told her daughter “leave and don’t ever come back.”
The erratic mom was sentenced Thursday to serve two and a half to five years in state prison
She will also undergo substance abuse counseling and serve 5 years probation after her jail term
Rhonda Shoffner was jailed for beating, strangling and biting her daughter over incorrect Bible verses
A Pennsylvania mother, Rhonda Shoffner was accused of beating and strangling her daughter over incorrect Bible verses, she then kicked the girl out of the house for incorrectly reciting Bible verses.
Shoffner, 41, was convicted after pleading guilty to aggravated assault, strangulation, endangering the welfare of a child and making terrorist threats. The judge sentenced her to serve two and a half to five years in state prison.
The Middletown resident was arrested in March after her 13-year-old daughter told police her mom attacked her and then threatened to kill her, pennlive reports.
An intoxicated Shoffner bit the girl and slammed the teen’s head into a bathroom wall, The inebriated mother told the victim, “I’m going to [expletive] kill you,” police said.
Police said Shoffner was drunk when she told her daughter to get on her knees in the bathroom because the girl couldn’t reach family members on the phone.
The girl told officers that she knew she was going to get beaten and begged her mom to stop.
Shoffner made the child get on her knees anyway and then recited Bible verses, telling her daughter to repeat them word for word.
Whenever the girl missed a line, Shoffner would slam the child’s head against the wall.
Police said that happened about five times. She then demanded the girl lay on her back and proceeded to choke and bite her daughter while threatening to kill her.
According to KFOR, Shoffner told her daughter “leave and don’t ever come back.”
The girl grabbed a phone, a coat, sneakers and fled down the street. She called her father, who took her to the police station.
In addition to the jail time, Dauphin County Judge John F. Cherry ordered Shoffner to undergo substance abuse counseling and required her to serve 5 years on probation once she completes her sentence.
The defendant had another case for assault. According to Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack, Shoffner’s guilty pleas also encompassed a January incident where she hit and bit a woman during an argument in a car.
“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,” McCormack said Thursday.
That was not Shoffner’s first brush with the law this year. On Feb. 10, officers responding to an active domestic dispute at Shoffner’s home after neighbors reported hearing commotion, heard a second-floor window open above just as they began pounding on the door, announcing their presence. No one came to the door, but a half-naked Shoffner leaned out the window and screamed obscenities at the responding officers as she told them to get off of her property, police said.
She then gave the officers the middle finger and told them that if they came through her front door, she “got something for [them],” police said. She allegedly told officers Police said she responded with another middle finger and said, “[expletive] you.” when they told her charges would be filed against her