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Sunday, December 20, 2020

From the desk of Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox

Benton County Dispatch was notified just before 1 AM this morning, December 20, 2020, regarding a four-year-old female who was deceased. 

The father, James Mast, 28 of a rural Cole Camp residence, stated that his daughter had been beaten, submerged in a pond, then left to freeze on the bank before being taken back into the residence. 

Mary S. Mast, 28, the mother of the deceased and a two-year-old male child were also beaten to a severe extent. Mary and the toddler were transported by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia where they are recovering.

After an investigation by Benton County Deputies, Ethan J. Mast, 35 and Kourtney T. Aumen, 21 of a neighboring residence were arrested pending multiple felony charges. This is still an active investigation with the possibility of further arrests, so we are unable to provide any further details at this time. I will provide further information as it develops.

Courtesy of - Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox