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Prison time for midstate woman who beat daughter for incorrect Bible verses

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 27, 2017 10:37 AM
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(Middletown) -- A Dauphin County woman who beat and tried to strangle her daughter for incorrectly reciting Bible verses has been sentenced to prison.

Forty-one-year-old Rhonda Shoffner has been sentenced to 2.5 years to five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including aggravated assault of her daughter, who was younger than 13.

Police say the girl was forced to kneel on the bathroom floor at Shoffner's Middletown home and repeat Bible verses.

They say Shoffner slammed her head into the wall each time she made a mistake, told the child she was going to kill her and attempted to strangle her.

Officers say the girl fought off Shoffner, who told her to leave and never return.

The girl called her father, who drove her to a police station.

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