Tuesday, 25 October 2011 11:01
Adults Fight Child Abuse ChargesWritten by Jacque Harms
The four North Platte people facing charges of felony child abuse and false imprisonment stood before Judge Mike Piccolo in Lincoln County Court on Thursdasy. None of them said anything to Judge Piccolo as their attorneys requested contested preliminary hearings.
22–year–old Ashly Clark was jailed after her two sons, ages 3 and 5, were found locked in a dog kennel Monday night. Police found the boys in a wire 42 inch by 30 inch dog kennel inside a filthy trailer home strewn with animal feces and trash. Clark's attorney is Martin Troshynski.
25–year–old Bryson Eyten and 24–year–old Samantha Eyten were also arrested. Mr. Eyten's attorney is Michael Nozicka. Patrick Heng will represent Samantha Eyten. They lived in the trailer with their two daughters, an 8-month-old and an 8-year-old.
A fourth adult, 20–year–old Lacy Beyer was also jailed. Her attorney is Patrick Hays.
A contested preliminary hearing is scheduled for each on Nov. 10. Each is held on $50,000 bail. They remain in jail.
North Platte Police Lieutenant Rich Hoaglund says they made a welfare check at a double wide trailer home at 2421 East E Street, around 10:30 p.m. He says they found unsanitary and unsafe conditions.
“Once they gained entry into the residence with the residence okay,” says Hoaglund, “They found the house was extremely dirty. There were a lot of animal feces and urine about the house along with dirty clothes, food, and trash etc.”
Two young boys, ages 5 and 3 , were in a kennel that was secured with a wire tie. Their mother, Ashly Clark claims the boys were trying to climb out of the trailer house windows.
Two other girls, ages 8 and 8 months, were not kenneled, but were in what are considered unsafe conditions.
The children are in emergency custody with Health and Human Services.
Hoagland does not know for sure how long the abuse was going on, he says from judging from the condition of the trailer, it was occurring for a while.
“It had to be going on for some time,” says Hoaglund, “Whether it was going on six months or a year, I couldn't tell you. But it obviously hadn't been taken care of for a while. A lot of our welfare checks that occur on a daily basis are unfounded or very little problems are found. To find something to this extent is not normal for us. It is a highly unusual situation.”
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