It appears as if someone is channeling Margaret White….
The child told police her mom, Rhonda Kemp Shoffner, who had been on a three day bender, ordered her to call multiple family members on the afternoon of March 14. When no one answered the child’s calls, Shoffner ordered her into the bathroom and demanded that the child get on her knees.
At that point, the girl said, she knew she was in for a beating. But no amount of begging or pleading helped.
Shoffner began reciting bible verses and expected the girl to repeat them, verbatim.
Shoffner asked her child, “What did God tell the man to do with his son?”
When the girl said she didn’t know, Shoffner said, “God told the man to kill his son.”
Instead, the girl said, “God said to forgive his son,” and Shoffner grabbed her by the hair and slammed her head into the wall, police said.
Shoffner reportedly slammed the kid’s head into the drywall every time she goofed on a verse — about five times, total. Police say Shoffner kicked the kid a few times, too, in an attempt to get her point across.
Tired from all that violent preaching and stuff, Shoffner ordered the girl to lie on her back. She then straddled the child and began strangling her, while threatening to kill her.
While attempting to fight her mother off, the child was bitten on the forearm and shoulder. The girl kept fighting until Shoffner gave up and told her to “get out and never come back.”
Presumably more than happy to oblige, the kid grabbed her shoes, a coat, and a phone, and left the home. She called her father, who drove her to the police station.
Shoffner has since been charged with aggravated assault against a child, strangulation and terroristic threats. She’s been ordered held on $100,000 bail.Tags: Assault, Child Abuse, Middletown, Pennsylvania, Rhonda Kemp Shoffner, Strangulation, terroristic threats