During a recent press commentary, the Middletown, Pennsylvania, authorities declared that a 41-year-old woman was taken into custody and charged with assault and child endangerment, after slamming her daughter’s head against the wall and trying to strangle her while being in an advanced state of intoxication. The woman is being held on a $100,000 bond at a Middletown detention center.
Rhonda Kemp Shoffner, a 41-year-old woman from Middletown, Pennsylvania has recently been arrested and charged with child endangerment and aggravated assault. According to the authorities, Shoffner severely punished her minor daughter for not knowing several Bible verses.
The events that led to the woman’s arrest started to unravel on the 14th of March. According to the daughter’s testimony, she was abruptly woken up by her mother and asked to fetch the rest of her family members.
The girl declared that she tried to contact the rest of her family, but none of them were answering their phones. Minutes later, the girl returned and told her mother that she was not able to get in touch with them. Shoffner, who allegedly had been drinking for three days, got angry and decided to punish the little girl.
Shoffner ordered the girl to march up to the bathroom and forced her to kneel on the floor. According to the girl’s statements, the woman told her to recite various verses from the Bible. At one point, Shoffner asked her daughter about what did God asked of a man to do to his own son. The girl remained silent.
Shoffner told the girl that the only thing God said to the man was to kill his own son. However, the girl told her mother that God actually told the man to forgive his son, not to kill him. This is when the woman got mad and lost control.
Seeing that the girl doesn’t know her Bible verses, the woman decided on a most brutal punishment. The minor said her mother slammed her head against the wall at least a couple of times. Fearing for her life, the girl tried desperately to escape her mother. However, the woman pinned her to the floor and tried to strangle her.
Growing tired, Shoffner told her daughter to leave her house and never to return. The girl fled, went to her biological father, who immediately reported the incident to the authorities. Rhonda Kemp Shoffner of Middletown was taken into custody, and a judge set her bail at $100,000 cash.
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