Mother Jailed Up to 5 Years for Brutally Beating Daughter Who Incorrectly Recited Bible Verses

Rhonda Shoffner
Rhonda Shoffner pleaded guilty to abusing her young daughter.(Handout)

Prosecutors said Shonda Hoffner beat and tried to strangle her daughter, who was under 13.

A Pennsylvania mother who made headlines after allegations arose that she brutally beat her young daughter who incorrectly recited Bible verses will serve time in prison.

Rhonda Shoffner was sentenced last week to between two and a half and five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including aggravated assault of her daughter, who was younger than 13.

She will reportedly also serve five years of probation after she's released from prison.

Cops say Shoffner, 41, was drunk when she ordered her daughter to get on her knees in the bathroom and recite verses. 

Shoffner allegedly slammed her daughter's head into the wall each time she made a mistake.

Shoffner choked her daughter, cutting off her airway and biting her forearm before digging her teeth into the girl’s left shoulder, police told

All the while, the girl fought back and begged her mother to stop, she said.

Finally, Shoffner said: “Just leave and don’t ever come back.”

The little girl grabbed a phone, coat and sneakers and fled.

She called her father, who drove her to the police station.