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Mom who beat girl for incorrect Bible verses gets prison

This undated photo provided by the Dauphin County Judicial Center in Harrisburg, Pa., shows Rhonda Kemp Shoffner of Middletown, Pa., who beat and tried to strangle her daughter on March 14, 2017, for incorrectly reciting Bible verses. Shoffner was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 25 to two-and-a-half to five years in prison, after pleading guilty to charges including aggravated assault of her daughter, who was younger than 13. (Dauphin County Judicial Center/PennLive.com via AP, File)

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania 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 was sentenced to 2½ 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. They say Shoffner also told the child she was going to kill her and attempted to strangle her.

Police 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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