Lander woman charged with stabbing her kids

Jan 4, 2018 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Wrier

A Lander woman is facing multiple charges stemming from allegations that she stabbed her children with scissors and hit them with belts.

Prosecutors said the alleged abuse took place between January 2012 and September 2017.

The woman - Carol Costa, 45, of Lander - was arrested Dec. 9 for being in possession of marijuana Dec. 6. She also was charged with three counts of child endangerment.

Her children range in age from 12 to 17.

During a hearing Dec. 11, Costa was presented with the child endangerment charges, which are related to a case the Lander Police Department and Department of Child Services have been working on since 2012.

When asked whether she understood the charges, Costa questioned the dates, asking why some dated back to four years prior.

According the charges, the first child endangerment count dates back to January 2012 through December 2012, the second is from January 2016 to December 2016, and the third is from September 2017.

"It's all part of one investigation," Fremont County Deputy Attorney Seth Griswold told Ninth Judicial Circuit Court judge Robert Denhardt.

Griswold explained that, although he did not have a full copy of the affidavit in Costa's case, the allegations include Costa stabbing her children with scissors, hitting them with belts, leaving scars on their bodies, snorting drugs and smoking in front of them and, in a recent instance, putting a child on treadmill, causing the child to fall and rip a finger open, leaving a scar.

Because of the circumstances, Griswold asked Denhardt to consider a requirement that Costa not have any contact with her children if she was able to post bond.

Denhardt set Costa's bond at 20 percent of $5,000 - or a cash bond of $1,000.

Costa was released on bond, but she was arrested for bond violation sometime between Dec. 29 and Jan. 1, and she was in the Fremont County Detention Center as of 8 p.m. Jan. 2.

Costa's next hearing is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 4.

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