Oh, give me a break. I can just see the police rushing to the scene and arresting someone for slipping some hot sauce onto your sandwich or squirting you with a supersoaker filled with cold water. I think you are all blowing this out of proportion. Cold showers and hot sauce, while I've never used them as discipline, are essentially harmless but uncomfortable. I would say that using both the hot sauce and the cold shower seemed a bit excessive, and perhaps she left the kid in the shower longer than she needed to; but to call this child abuse when we have people literally dipping their children in boiling water and boiling them to death, is quite a stretch. A lack of discipline is far worse than this level of "abuse". Every time some parent is charged with child abuse for this kind of piddly shit, it just prompts more and more parents to not dicipline their children at all. Then the "discipline" is left up to law enforcement when the undisciplined kids grow up to become undisciplined adults.