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Pair in Warrensburg charged with child abuse, man also facing sex crime allegations

Robert Lee Brown's booking photo from the Johnson County, Mo., Sheriff's Office.

WARRENSBURG, Mo. — A Johnson County, Mo. detention officer was sent to a Warrensburg home on April 13 and saw an 8-year-old girl banging on a second-story window and crying for help. She was one of two alleged child abuse victims found at the home on NW 800 Road, leading prosecutors to file charges against the victims’ mom and her boyfriend.

Court documents say that the officer talked to a 10-year-old girl in the home after she managed to force her way out of a locked bedroom. The fire department was called to free her sister, who said they had been locked in their bedrooms with padlocks on the outside. Robert Lee Brown, 39, and Brandi Edmiston are each charged with two counts of child abuse.

The officer spoke with the suspects when they drove by the home, and asked why the girls were locked in their rooms and left home alone without care. Edmiston said that’s how she punished them.

Brandi Edmiston's booking photo from the Johnson County, Mo., jail

Brandi Edmiston’s booking photo from the Johnson County, Mo., jail

While Brown is facing the child abuse allegations, court records show that he is also charged with nine counts of statutory sodomy against a minor victim. The charges are dated from September of 2016 and March of 2017, FOX 4 has requested those court documents for more details.

Records show that Brown served time in the Missouri Department of Corrections for a burglary and an assault in Harrisonville that happened in 2010. He’s due in court for the child abuse charges on June 14 and sex crime allegations on June 12. He’s in jail on a $78,500 bond.

Edmiston was arrested on June 6 and posted a $3,500 cash bond on the same day, she’s due in court on June 7.