Trial starts for Council Bluffs woman accused of abusing stepson

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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 3:26 am, Fri Jul 11, 2014.

COUNCIL BLUFFS — On the first day of the first-degree kidnapping trial of Rebecca Beyer, the prosecution laid out its case that Beyer abused her special-needs stepson, including burning him with heated silverware and holding him against his will at the Beyer home.

Beyer is also charged with willful injury causing serious injury. Her 20-year-old stepson told the Council Bluffs Police Department that Beyer heated spoons and forks on the stove and burned him with them. He also said he had been physically assaulted by his father and stepbrother — James Beyer and Ryan Smith — and that both his parents had threatened to kill him.

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