A Woodbury woman was convicted by a Washington County District Court jury Thursday of malicious punishment and domestic assault stemming from odd discipline involving her boyfriend's daughter in April.
Ahavel Scherz, 27, could get a year in jail for punishing her boyfriend's daughter by forcing her to kneel on a bare floor with bare knees for a long period of time holding a chair straight over her head. When the 13-year-old girl's arms could no longer remain extended fully, Scherz would hit her with a wooden spoon until she could. The girl suffered many bruises to her arms and legs.
The day after the punishment, Scherz wrote "My name is (the girl's name) and I am a thief" on the front of a shirt and "I have been stealing my dad's girlfriend's clothes...I am a thief" on the back of the shirt and forced her to wear the shirt to school. School officials reported the incident to police.
"I cannot imagine what this poor child went through that night and following day," said County Attorney Pete Orput. "Adding to that pain she was forced to come into court and relive that horrible experience in order to bring Scherz to justice. I am proud that our Washington County citizens have brought some justice to this brave little girl. Hopefully, this will send a message to parents that there is a line that cannot be crossed in disciplining our children."
Scherz will be sentenced at a future date.