CIRCLEVILLE – Martha Lemaster, 41, of 122 Rustic Ct., Circleville, OH, was charged with Kidnapping, Felonious Assault (x2), Endangering Children (x2). A plea of guilty was entered, and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered.
On January 19, 2018 Pickaway County Child Protective Services (PCPS) contacted the Circleville Police Department regarding a child abuse case that involved two toddler aged children. Information was reported to Children Services that the two children were being mistreated. The children were located by PCPS, who caused the children to be taken to Children’s Hospital in Columbus for examination.
The examination reported by hospital staff indicated that the children were malnourished, and in poor condition. There were signs of abuse or abuse related trauma to both children.
Found on the children were numerous bruises, marks, and scratches.
As of January 23, 2018, the children’s custodian, Martha Lemaster has been criminally charged for multiple counts of Felonious Assault and Felony Child Endangering. The children have been placed in custody of PCPS.
On August 29, 2018 Judge Knece handed down the sentence. Lemaster’s sentence of 25 years of incarceration. Lemaster was represented by public defender, and plead guilty to the charges.