December 20, 2020 Benton County Sheriff's department responded to a call in regards to an abuse resulting in death of a 4 year old girl. Jessica Mast lost her life after being severely beaten, and submerged in a freezing pond. Parents James and Mary Mast showed signs of also being beaten, but also took part in abusing two of the three children in the home.
Neighbors Kourtney Aumen and Ethan Mast had told the parents that Mary had been overtaken by demons. They explained that Mary and Ethan did not discipline their children correctly. Ethan and Kourtney claims to have been teaching them the correct way to discipline, while casting Marys demons out.
James sexually abused his wife Mary, claiming to be at the hand of Kourtney and Ethan. Though he did nothing to save the life of his 4 year old daughter. Among the abuse, was a 2 year old boy, who was treated at a local hospital. Unfortunately, the police were not notified of this abuse until Jessica was found deceased in her room around 1:00 AM.
All 4 offenders were remanded until January 19, when James Mast was released on a $500,000 cash/surety bond. James is now on house arrest, in his brothers home in Stover, MO. The other three are still in custody.
Court will resume on:
MARY MAST: FEBRUARY 2, 2021
KOURTNEY AUMEN: MARCH 2, 2021
JAMES MAST: MARCH 2, 2021
ETHAN MAST: APRIL 21, 2021