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Woman sentenced for punishing girl

WOODBURY, Minn. - The Woodbury woman convicted of doling out a bizarre punishment to her boyfriend's daughter must spend 60 days in jail, a Washington County judge decided.

Ahavel Scherz, 27, was sentenced Nov. 7 to 365 days in jail - 305 days of which were stayed 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, 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.