The four North Platte adults charged in a child abuse case involving kids in cages appeared in court on Thursday.
Ashley Clark, Lacy Beyer and Bryson and Samantha Eyten have each been charged with two felony child abuse charges as well as two counts of false imprisonment, all Class 3 felonies and misdemeanor child abuse.
The four opted for contested preliminary hearings, which have been scheduled for November 10. The contested preliminary hearings will require the state to prove that they have enough probable cause for the charges, if the state can’t prove that, the cases will be bonded over to Lincoln County District Court, because they are felony charges.
If convicted, each could face up to 10 years in prison. All four requested and received court appointed attorney’s. Bond has been set at $50,000 each.
Monday evening, North Platte Police were summoned to a trailer home at the east end of North Platte for a welfare check. Officers found two boys ages 3 and 5 in a wired shut dog kennel, as well as two other children, ages 8 and 8 months living in highly unsanitary conditions.
The kennel was 42 by 28 by 30 inches. Officers found the home covered with trash, dirty clothing, food and animal feces and urine throughout the residence.
George Keltz, KXNP, North Platte