MIDDLETON, PA. – Criminal charges have been filed against Rhonda Kemp Shoffner, 41, after she brutally assaulted her daughter for failing to properly recite bible verses last week, reports Penn Live.
According to police reports, the young girl was assaulted on March 14 just after waking up from a nap.
The victim claimed her mother had been drunk for three days straight before the incident occurred, and ordered the girl to call several relatives. When the family members failed to answer, the girl said Shoffner became enraged and told her daughter to get on her knees in the bathroom, said police documents.
Police said the victim told her mother, “Please don’t hit me. I don’t want to get on my knees.”
Shoffner began citing Bible verses to her daughter and demanded the girl correctly repeat them. When she failed to do so, the mother slammed her daughter’s head into the bathroom wall and kicked her repeatedly, says the report.
Shoffner asked her daughter, “What did God tell the man to do with his son?” When the girl said she did not know, her mother said, “God told the man to kill his son.”
Instead, the victim said, “God said to forgive his son,” and Shoffner grabbed her by the hair and began brutally attacking her, police said.
The criminal complaint stated that Shoffner strangled the girl and told her she was going to kill her.
In an attempt to escape, the girl bit her mother twice before she kicked the little girl out of the house, according to court documents. The girl ran to a nearby fast food restaurant, where the girl’s father picked her up and took her to the police station to file a report. At the station, police noted abrasions on the girl’s hands and chest, strangulation marks on her neck, and bite marks on her left forearm and left shoulder.
Shoffner has been charged with aggravated assault, strangulation, terroristic threats and endangering the welfare of children.
Sadly, this is not her first run-in with the law.
On February 10, neighbors reported to police they heard arguing and banging coming from the home. When police arrived at her home, a half-naked Shoffner emerged from an upstairs window and started cursing and threatened the officers that if they came through her door she “had something for them,” said the report. She exposed herself to police on the scene and was later charged with open lewdness and disorderly conduct.
Shoffner is scheduled to appear in court on March 29 for a preliminary hearing involving both cases.
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