On May 6, 2016 at 2:33 PM an officer responded to Adams Middle School in North Platte on a child abuse complaint. A middle school aged female had arrived at school with a black eye. The biological mother who lives in Lincoln had called to report that her daughter had texted her saying that her father, Justin Foust, had struck her in the eye with his fist.
The victim was interviewed at the Bridge of Hope. It was reported that on May 5, 2016 an argument occurred between the victim and Justin. Justin allegedly slapped the victim in the face several times and then punched her in the eye with a closed fist. A visible injury to the victim’s eye was consistent with what was reported. It was reported that Justin told the victim to lie about what occurred and tell people a picture fell off the wall and hit her in the eye.
It was also reported that the victim’s step mother, Courtny Foust, had witnessed the incident. There are other children living in the home and it was alleged that Justin and Courtny have abused some of them as well. All of the children living at the residence were removed by police and the Department of Health and Humans Services on May 5, 2016 until the allegations could be looked into further.
Two elementary aged victims, one male and one female, were removed from the home and placed with their biological mother in Lincoln. They were interviewed at a Child Advocacy Center in Lincoln. It was alleged that Justin and Courtny would screw the door shut to the male victim’s room at night and he was unable to go to the bathroom. It was also alleged that Justin picked him up and threw him on the ground. The male victim had witnessed the initial incident with Justin striking the female victim in the eye.
The other female victim reported that she had witnessed Justin punch the oldest victim in the eye. She reported that Justin has thrown silverware and plates at her. She indicated that male sibling gets locked in his room and has no access to the bathroom and isn’t allowed to eat breakfast or lunch at the home.
Courtny and Justin were both contacted and incarcerated for felony child abuse. The ages of the victims aren’t being released to ensure the anonymity of them, as there were other children living in the home that weren’t listed as victims.