An area teen is being charged with several felonies after police received reports that she abused three children.

Emma Lasater, 19, of Richwoods, is charged with three class B felonies of endangering the welfare of a child creating a substantial risk in the first degree.

According to a probable cause statement from the Washington County Prosecutor's Office, the initial report was taken on Feb. 2.

The report said on Oct. 19, 2016, Lasater committed child abuse and endangered the welfare of an 11-year-old boy by punching him repeatedly with closed fists and by placing her hands on his throat and strangling him.

The child was interviewed by an investigator with the Jefferson County Division of Family Services and during the interview, the boy said he could not breathe and bruises were left on him.

It’s also reported that Lasater abused a 10-year-old boy by pushing him down and stomping his side, resulting in pain and bruising. She told the detective she didn’t recall any specific incidents, but said, “I have hit him before on multiple occasions because he has ADHD and needs more discipline.”

Lasater also reportedly abused a 1-year-old baby boy by hitting and strangling him. According to the DFS investigator, there were allegations that Lasater told someone she choked the baby and hit him when he cried because she was overwhelmed.

The investigator reported seeing bruises on the baby’s chin and left eye. It is unknown how the bruises got there, but the other two boys said Lasater is very “rough” with the baby.

The children’s father also reported an incident where Lasater attempted to punch him and struck the baby with a closed fist.

According to court records, she is not related to the two older children. 

A warrant was issued and her bond was set at $75,000 with special conditions. She is to have no contact with all three victims or anyone under the age of 17. She posted bond on Oct. 3 and was released.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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