Mother Arrested for Allegedly Hitting 4 and 2-year-old with Belt, Backhand

COLUMBUS – Court records say a 36-year-old Columbus mother was jailed after allegedly disciplining her two daughters and leaving bruises.

CPD Officer Allyson Norris says in an affidavit, that she was dispatched to the 1800 block of 14th Street, after a report from Health and Human Services for child abuse. Norris says after arriving, she found a 4-year-old and 2-year-old home alone. The two children said their mother, 36-year-old, Janis Beister, was out picking up dance dresses, and their father was out on the road.

Beister returned home while Norris was talking with the two children, said the affidavit.

Norris says she noticed a bruise on the 4-year-old’s left eye. The child then told Norris, the bruise came from her mom backhanding her, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit says, the 4-year-old also told Norris that her parents disciplined her and her sister with a belt. Norris later found bruising consistent with a belt, on the 4-year-old, as well as, fingerprint shaped bruises and an abrasion on the 2-year-old daughter’s back, she states in the affidavit.

Norris states in the affidavit, that Beister said she knew she messed up.

Beister was jailed on 2 counts of suspicion of child neglect and 2 counts of suspicion of child abuse.

Beister is scheduled for an arraignment in Platte County Court at 8:45 a.m. on May 24th, according to court records.

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