CB Torture Suspects Deny Charges

A husband, wife and son remained in the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs Thursday after being arrested for first degree kidnapping. They are accused of torturing and chaining up a 20-year-old special needs family member.

Rebecca Beyer, her husband James Beyer, and her son Ryan Smith are being held on $100,000 bond. First degree kidnapping carries a sentence of life in prison in the state of Iowa.

Bill McGinn, attorney for Rebecca Beyer, says he has yet to see any conclusive evidence from prosecutors.

“It appears that they do have some pictures,: McGinn said. “But having pictures of injuries still doesn't explain how those injuries occurred.”

Prosecutors say the three burned and tortured a 20-year-old man with special needs inside their Council Bluffs home. They also say the suspects chained him up at times inside the garage.

“It's pretty bad,” said Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber. “I'm always amazed at what human beings will do to each other in this world. And this is disturbing. “

McGinn says his client denies the charges.

“The state's case seems to be based on some burns and injuries on the alleged victim and the victim's version of how those injuries occurred,” said McGinn. “My client, her husband and her son are denying any causation of these injuries whatsoever.”

McGinn says next week he plans to ask a judge to reduce the $100,000 bond.

If any family is struggling to properly take care of someone with special needs, there are places to go for help.

Steve Hodapp is the CEO of VODEC, which provides services for adults with special needs.

“There's good help out there. And I would sure encourage people to seek it out, whether that's from VODEC or any place like VODEC that can provide them some help, some respite,” Hodapp said.


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