Circleville woman sentenced to 25 consecutive years for charges connected to abuse of toddlers

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On August 29, Martha Lemaster was sentenced by Pickaway County Common Pleas Judge Randall P. Knece to 25 consecutive years in prison.

At the beginning of August, she pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault, one count of kidnapping and one count of endangering children. 

According to the Pickaway County Prosecutor’s Office, one count of attempted murder and one count of kidnapping was dismissed as a part of the plea agreement.

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 had been reported to Children Services that the two children were being mistreated. The children were located by PCPS, and the children were subsequently taken to Children’s Hospital in Columbus for examination.

According to the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, 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, including Found on the children were numerous bruises, marks, and scratches.

Martha Lemaster was criminally charged with multiple counts of felonious assault,child endangering, kidnapping and attempted murder. The children were placed in custody of PCPS.

Lemaster was represented Wednesday by public defender Joshua Hall.

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