Pike County mom pleads guilty, sentenced to a year in jail for child endangerment

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Lindsay Freeland pleaded guilty to one count of child endangering and one count of domestic violence (Courtesy: Butler County Sheriff's Office)

A Pike County woman who encouraged her older children to punch her 7-year-old stepdaughter was sentenced to 360 days in jail after pleading guilty to two charges. Lindsay Freeland pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of child endangering and one count of domestic violence.

Investigators say cell phone video clips showed the older children hitting the little girl 45 times. Freeland could be heard telling the 10 and 12-year-old to keep hitting, punching, and pinching their stepsister, according to detectives, and at one point could be heard directing them not to get her face because she didn't "want her to go to school with a bunch of marks on her."

“She obviously knew what she was doing was wrong and instructed the children to hide the abuse,” said Deputy Robin Cottrill.

Freeland, 31, was arrested after police obtained the cell phone video, which circulated on social media.

As part of her guilty plea Freeland was also ordered to refrain from all contact with minor children and comply with a case plan from Pike County Children's Services. She will also serve three years probation and have to undergo alcohol, drug, and domestic violence counseling.