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Mother arrested for child abuse after dad posts video on Facebook

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Kendra Beswick (Source: Washington County Jail) Kendra Beswick (Source: Washington County Jail)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana woman is accused of beating her own children and police say there is disturbing proof that led to her arrest.

It happened at an apartment complex in Pekin and surveillance video captured it all. 

"I started coming home and noticed that there were injuries to my children," said Steven Corthorn, the alleged victims' father.

Corthorn said he installed surveillance cameras after his children had unexplained injuries.

"There were like bruises and bumps, like missing fingernails and cuts," he explained.

Corthorn said he also confronted his wife and mother of his children, Kendra Beswick.

"I said, how are they getting these marks and she said, I'm not really sure, I think it is from the playing, I don't know what happened," he said.

That's when Corthorn installed the cameras. He said, with his wife's knowledge, however, he didn't check the video until one day in early November when she went silent.

"She quit texting me and telling me how the kids were and that kind of sent up red flag but then I went ahead and went home from work and found out she was going and the kids were gone," said Corthorn.

Corthorn turned to his cameras for answers and posted what he found social media.

"Then I just started going back through just video footage from that week and I happened upon that click and I said, oh my gosh, I can't believe this is going on," he said.

"When it was brought to our attention, we initiated an investigation...which resulted in the arrest of Kendra Beswick," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin, with ISP.

Police said it is not against the law to discipline a child, but believe Beswick crossed the line.

Goodin said, "A big difference in spanking a child and beating a child and I think that anybody can watch this video and probably can say that the mother probably went too far."

Meanwhile, Corthorn has filed for divorce but doesn't want the mother of his children to stay in jail.

I want to see her get some help, get some counseling - get some help, I know they said they were sending her through anger management and parenting classes.

Kendra Beswick is being held at the Washington County Jail.

She is charged with two counts of battery on a child under the age of 14.

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