The Examiner 22 Dec, 2020 17:00 am

Couple accused in torture death of 4-year-old

Both are charged with second-degree murder, sexual abuse and three counts of assault.

(AP) — A west-central Missouri couple face multiple charges accusing them of torturing and killing a 4-year-old girl and torturing the child's mother and 2-year-old brother.A 4-year-old girl had been beaten, submerged in a pond and left to freeze on the bank before being taken back to her home, where she died, authorities said.The child's mother, Mary Mast, 28, and her 2-year-old son also were badly beaten.Couple accused in torture death of 4-year-old COLE CAMP, Mo.

Sunday to a rural home near the town of Cole Camp, the Benton County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.Deputies on Monday arrested the family's neighbors, Ethan Mast, 35, and Kourtney Aumen, 21.

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