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Washington County woman convicted in bizarre chair- and spoon-punishment is sentenced

The Woodbury woman convicted of doling out an unusual punishment ritual to her boyfriend's daughter must spend 60 days in jail, a Washington County judge decided this month.

Ahavel Scherz, 27, was sentenced Nov. 7 to 365 days in jail - 305 five days of which were stayed by 10th Judicial Court Judge Mary Hannon, provided Scherz follows her probation for two years. A Washington County jury convicted her in August of one count of malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor, and one misdemeanor count of domestic assault.

Prosecutors alleged Scherz made the 13-year-old girl kneel on a kitchen floor for a sustained period of time April 1 while holding a chair above her head. When the girl couldn't keep the chair aloft, the Scherz struck her with a wooden spoon, the charges alleged.

The 13-year-old girl was left with bruises on her arms and legs.

The next day, Scherz wrote the girl's name on a T-shirt that also included the phrase "I am a thief." The girl was forced to wear the shirt to school. School officials reported the incident to police.

Terms of Scherz's probation call for her and the girl's father - who was also charged in the case - to pay a combined $891 in restitution. Sherz must also have no contact with the victim and complete a blended family parenting course, the judge ordered. An additional $2,900 in fines were also stayed.

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