A 4-year-old Missouri lady has been discovered useless after being attacked by two neighbors who claimed they needed to take away a “demon” from her household, police say.
Ethan Mast, 35, and Kourtney Aumen, 21, at the moment are dealing with second-degree homicide and different prices following the invention of the kid’s physique over the weekend at a house in Cole Camp, southeast of Kansas Metropolis.
“Based mostly on what I do know, I believe this may very well be some form of honest-to-goodness religious-type episode,” Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox advised the Related Press.
The suspects and the victimized household belonged to the identical church, however Knox declined to call the church or its denomination.
Deputies say they have been known as round 1 a.m. Sunday to a rural house and located the 4-year-old wrapped in a blanket on a bed room ground.
A possible trigger assertion from Sgt. Chris Wilson stated the lady was already useless and had “extreme purple bruising” over her physique, together with ruptured blisters.
Knox stated the lady’s dad and mom additionally had been overwhelmed together with a 2-year-old baby. An toddler son of the couple was apparently unhurt. The mom, 28-year-old Mary Mast, and the toddler are hospitalized. Their situations weren’t instantly accessible, whereas the daddy of the youngsters, James Mast, didn’t require hospitalization.
Regardless of having the identical final names, Mary and James Mast will not be associated to Ethan Mast, Knox advised the Related Press. Ethan Mast and Aumen dwell throughout the highway from the household.
James Mast advised investigators that the beatings had occurred over a number of days and that he and his spouse noticed them however have been advised they’d be overwhelmed themselves or shot in the event that they tried to intervene.
Wilson requested James Mast “how he might let folks do that to his household and he said they have been advised (his spouse) had a ‘demon’ inside her and her youngsters would find yourself similar to her if it was not taken care of,” Wilson wrote within the possible trigger assertion.
Ethan Mast advised investigators that on Saturday he and Aumen used a leather-based belt to beat the lady, the assertion continued. She was then taken to a pond behind the house, the place she was “dunked” within the water on a day when excessive temperatures have been within the 40s.
Ethan Mast stated everybody then returned to the victims’ house. It wasn’t clear when the kid died. An post-mortem will decide the reason for dying, but Knox stated proof indicated she was overwhelmed to dying.
“To have one thing of this magnitude occur in our sleepy little neighborhood is insane,” Knox stated.
Each Ethan Mast and Aumen are jailed with out bond and don’t but have attorneys, in line with courtroom information.
The Related Press contributed to this report.