Caught on Camera: video of child abuse, mother arrested

Mother arrested after being caught on camera

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- It is disturbing for anyone to witness child abuse, but it is especially disturbing for a parent. 

"I don't know any other kid that would get hit on like that and not just lay there and cry. But these kids acted like it was a normal everyday thing. And that's very upsetting. I can't believe a mother would put their children through that," said Steven Corthorn who is the father of the children in the video.

Corthorn said he started noticing bruises on his kids when he would come home from work. That is why he set up several security cameras around the house. 

"So I asked their mother and she said, 'I don't know. They're getting hurt playing in their room; they're getting hurt playing in the living room.' And I said, 'Well, what are they getting hurt on?' And she said, 'I don't know.' And I said, 'Well, I'll find out," Corthorn said.

Last week, he came home and the children and their mother were gone. He checked the cameras trying to find any clue of what had happened. That is when he came across a clip of his children being abused by their mother.

"It is awful. I have cried many nights because I just felt like I couldn't do anything for my children," Corthorn said.

Corthorn  asked for an emergency hearing last week to get full custody of his children.  The judge ordered joint custody. On Friday it was Corthorn's turn to have the kids.

 "When I got home to change them into their pajamas I noticed new bruises on them," Corthorn said.

That's when he went to the Indiana State Police. The mother of the kids, Kendra Beswick was arrested. 

"Hopefully they won't remember this when they get older. I hope they won't remember this abuse and it doesn't affect them long term," Corthorn said. 

ISP said Beswick has been charged with two counts of battery of a child under 14-years-old.  She is currently being held in Washington County Jail on a $10,000 full cash bond.


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