Mom, husband charged with child abuse

OKEECHOBEE — A detective has arrested a local man for allegedly abusing two young children, and their mother for failing to report the suspected abuse.

Detective Cari Arnold, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), detailed in her arrest report how the two children suffered from bruising about their bodies that included black eyes. One of the children, continued the investigator, actually had her hair pulled out on each side of her head.

Annastasia Williams

Annastasia Williams

Arrested Wednesday, June 15, were Annastasia Williams and Curtis Roston Beachum.

Beachum, 33, was already being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on other charges when he was arrested Wednesday. He was awaiting transport to a state prison.

The detective has charged Beachum with one felony count of aggravated child abuse and one felony count of child abuse without great bodily harm. His bond on those charges has been set at $130,000.

Williams, the mother of the children ages 2 and 4, is charged with one felony count of failure to report child abuse within the same home and two felony counts of child abuse with great bodily harm. Her bond has been set at $20,000.

Curtis Roston Beachum

Curtis Roston Beachum

Both Beachum and Williams are being held on bond in the county jail.

Detective Arnold indicated in her report Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigators, along with OCSO Deputy Maria Camacho, responded to a home on N.W. 86th Court to investigate a report of child abuse.

When they arrived at the home, Beachum would not let them enter because his wife, Williams, was at work. He was told to call her and have her come to the house, which she did.

Upon entering the home the investigators found “… extreme physical injury” on the two children. Both youngsters had extreme bruising and the oldest girl also had severe hair loss, stated the detective’s report.

According to the detective the children were punished by Beachum, who would make the children stand in a corner for extended periods of time. Both were also bruised from their mid-back area to their lower thigh area due to the man’s spanking them, added the report.

The 4 year old, continued Detective Arnold, was “… bald on both sides of her head due to inflicted injury.”

The youngest child also had severe bruising to his lower back, buttocks and lower thigh area with abrasions and welts extending around to his sides, noted the detective.

“Both victims had black eyes,” added the OCSO investigator.

The oldest child reportedly told the detective how Beachum put her in the corner “… all night and left me there.” She went on to tell the detective he pulled all her hair out and would spank her with a belt, detailed the investigator.

“He was a bad man,” the girl reportedly told Detective Arnold.

“Annastasia was aware of the abuse but failed to protect (the victim),” stated the detective.

The arrest report also documented several injuries found on the 2 year old.

Those injuries included: multiple abrasions and bruises to the face and head; bruising under the right eye; a 1.5-centimeter laceration under the chin; extensive bruises and abrasions on his buttocks; and, extensive bruising to the child’s thighs.

Again, noted Detective Arnold, Williams “… was aware of the abuse and failed to protect (the victim).”

Both children have been removed from the home.

Sheriff’s office records show Beachum entered a plea of no contest on May 18 to the charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended. He was also charged with violating his probation regarding a 2015 arrest for gambling – using an animal to fight or bait another animal. He has been sentenced to prison for a term of 15.375 months, which will run concurrently with his sentencing for the sale of meth.

He was adjudicated guilty of those charges, and will receive credit for the 59 days he has already served.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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