Bethany Woman Facing Child Abuse Charge

HARRISON COUNTY MO – Formal charges have been filed against a Bethany woman who stands accused of child abuse.

Thirty-four-year-old Mary Rebecca Garton is charged with the class D felony of abuse of a child for an incident alleged to have occurred last Wednesday.

In an affidavit filed with the court, the Bethany Police Department says that a report was made the Missouri Children’s Division alleging Garton hit the child in the back of the head with a cell phone, and slammed the child’s head to the ground.

A warrant has been issued for Garton’s arrest with bond set at $150,000 cash only. If released the court has set a bond condition that she not be within 900 feet of the victim or the victim’s residence.

A court date has not yet been set.