A Missouri man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a 4-year-old child who died in the Benton County sheriff’s office. description as a “religious episode” to ward off a “demon”. The guilty plea appeared in online court records reviewed by Law & Crime on Wednesday and Thursday.
Ethan MastThe 36-year-old has faced charges including first-degree murder, child abuse, child endangerment, assault and armed criminal act, according to Benton County court documents. However, on Tuesday, Mast pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault or attempted murder involving serious bodily injury or a special victim, according to court documents. that profile.
It is not clear whether accepting the lesser charge of murder would give the defendant some relief in sentencing. Under Missouri law, second degree murder are Class A felonies. Class A felonies are often punished imprisonment for life or a term of “twenty years or more”. In addition, the law Statuses that any sentence attached to an assault charge must be served to reverse – or supplement – the murder conviction.
When contacted with Law & Crime, the prosecutor’s office pointed all questions about the case towards Court records are available.
In Missouri, second degree murder In essence, it is a provision for the felony of murder. It allows prosecutors to charge murder in which the defendant commits a basic felony, and in relation to that underlying felony, a person dies.
Court records show that during Tuesday’s appearance, Ethan waived his right to a preliminary hearing and signed a plea agreement, the exact contours of which are unknown. None of the other charges Ethan faces have been updated on his record.
The written waiver and plea agreement was filed with the court by Katherine Dolan, court records show. She is manager of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office of Sexual Violence Predator unit and Play a dual role with the United States Attorney’s Office.
Ethan is one of four adults Reportedly charged equal Benton County Prosecution Attorney’s Office in the death of Jessica Mast, a 4-year-old girl was found dead on the floor of her bedroom. A deputy found her after answering a 911 call from James Mast29 years old, the girl’s father, in December 2020, according to a criminal complaint Submission of assistant prosecutor’s attorney Rodney E. Richardson. Although Ethan Mast have the same last name as the victim and her father, authorities do not believe they are related, complaint shown.
The deputy minister responded to the alleged call as follows, according to court papers:
I landed upstairs and walked through the bedroom door at the top of the stairs. When I opened the door, I observed a four-year-old underage woman [redacted] lying on the floor next to a set of bunk beds wrapped in a pink blanket. I passed[ed] down and saw the lifeless woman, eyes partially open, skin cool to the touch. James followed me upstairs and advised that he put a blanket over her after he found her. I pulled back the blanket and observed severe bruising from his neck to his feet on the front and back. I also observed open wounds on her back that appeared to have been caused by blisters that had burst. I observed that the victim’s hair was wet with ponytails in it. I observed the appearance of vomit near the victim’s head. I observed that most of the bruises on the victim’s body had marks on the waist.
The lieutenant responds then asks James what happened to the girl. Complaint document continue:
James said neighbors entered his home and beat him [redacted]. James later told me that he had video of the neighbors entering his house, but after they entered the house, they turned off the house’s interior monitoring system every time they entered. James told me that the neighbors took his belt and got[at] [redacted] upward. I asked James if he was home during the beatings and he said that he had come, and that the suspects had caught him watching them commit crimes. James said [redacted] tried running to him for help, then hesitated and said, “That’s the craziest thing.” James later told me that this is not the first time this has happened. Then I observed James looking a bit distraught and then he told me he didn’t know what to do. I asked James where the belt was and he said it was downstairs in the bedroom. James said the suspects entered his bedroom and beat him with a belt. I asked James if the suspects had just entered his house. James responded by saying that they often came to harass them. I asked James where his wife was, he said she was in the hallway with a newborn and 11 months old.
According to court documents, James Mast later told the respondent that the neighbors in question were Ethan Mast and Kourtney Aumen22. The father insists that Ethan Mast is not related to him.
When asked by his deputy to detail the events of that day, the criminal complaint states that James was a bit vague, so Mary Mast, 30 years old, was asked to detail what happened to her daughter. Mary allegedly told the respondent that both she and her daughter were considered “demons” who demanded frequent beatings. She is then said to have described what she claimed had happened to her daughter just hours earlier. Again, from the court records in tenth:
Mary said Ethan and Kourtney saw on camera that [redacted] was in a commotion so they hit her again with belts. Mary said that they told [redacted] she has to lie on her stomach. I asked Mary when the fight happened and she said it was around 6pm, or maybe 5pm. Mary said that they defeated [redacted] and the bottom line is she has to lie still and accept it. Mary said [redacted] wouldn’t do it without going crazy, and he (Ethan) hit her really hard with the belt. Mary said [redacted] try to run to James. I asked Mary where James was and Mary said in the room watching. The suspects told James if he did anything the suspects would start hitting him. Mary said the suspects said they wouldn’t do this to a little girl, they would only do this to a “Demon” because [redacted] like her.
Mary keeps saying Ethan and Kourtney won’t let James have it [redacted] when she ran to him. Mary said the suspects pulled [redacted] away from James. Mary said the suspects told her the same as they told James, (not to help the child), and that once she (Mary) couldn’t get away fast enough and [redacted] grabbed her dress. “It’s hard when you’re trying to run away from your little girl,” Mary said.
I ask [redacted] what else happened to [redacted] on this night. Mary said after beating the suspects arrested her [redacted] to the pond, and she had to dip her in the pond. Mary said she had to lie down after that [redacted] on the shore while she was forced to swim around the pond until they told her she could come back. Mary said she also had to dip into the water before she could carry [redacted] into the house. Mary said this is not the first time she has to go into the pond.
I asked Mary why [redacted] was naked. Mary said Ethan and Kourtney told her they couldn’t do anything because [redacted] or dress her up, and they’ll make her undress and go down to the pond, too. I asked how [redacted] into her room, and Mary told James to carry her to her room. I asked if [redacted] is still alive and Mary says she is still alive. Mary said James was very interested in [redacted].
Mary declared when [redacted] downstairs, Ethan and Kourtney try to get [redacted] to stand up, but she won’t (can’t). Mary said Ethan and Kourtney hit [redacted] several more times, but she still wouldn’t get up. I asked Mary what they beat [redacted] with the point where she would stand up and she would say “It’s the belt again to try and get her to reciprocate”. Mary said the suspects then said “Just get her out of here”, at which point James was allowed to take [redacted] to her bedroom. Mary said that James was carrying [redacted] Go up to her bedroom and leave her naked on the bed.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office decided to arrest Ethan and Kourtney that day “pending multiple charges.” Mary and her 2-year-old son were meanwhile being “carried by ambulance” to a local hospital because they had been “severely beaten”, according to one Sheriff’s Office Press Release.
Mary is being charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree resulting in death (felony A) and domestic assault in the first degree (felony A). James is being charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree resulting in death (Crime A) and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree resulting in serious physical injury (Crime B) Both individuals were held without bond, Mast’s two-year-old son and infant son were placed under protective house arrest.
Law & Crime previously noted that James and Mary filed in court to attend their daughter’s funeral days after they were arrested, but a judge denied that request.
Ethan’s case was the first to be tried under his plea. James and Mary are facing second-degree murder charges in addition to the counts of abuse, child endangerment and assault, according to court documents filed in Benton County Court. Kourtney has faced similar charges but succeeded in having her records turned over to Webster County in January, court filings say. The full list of charges she faces is not available in an online site Missouri Court Gate for her case in Benton County or her Webster County case.
Read some of the court documents below:
[All images via Benton County Sheriff’s Office mugshots.]
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