Christian adoptive mother in court on child abuse charge, Christian adoption agency liable

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“A Tucson woman accused of intentionally scalding her 5-year-old daughter will be going to trial later this year.

Samantha Osteraas’ trial is scheduled to begin October 9 and last for eight days, according to a court spokeswoman. The trial will be presided over by Pima County Superior Court Judge James Marner.

Osteraas is facing two charges of child abuse, after her daughter suffered third-degree burns to 80 percent of her body during a December 2016 incident.

When Osteraas called 911, she told dispatchers she didn’t realize she was bathing her daughter in hot water. When police arrived at the home, they noted serious burns on the child’s whole body, extending from her upper-chest down, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department incident report.

The morning after the child was brought to Banner – University Medical Center, doctors told detectives that the girl’s burns could have been inflicted up to six hours before Osteraas called 911, according to a search warrant return.

In June, a conservator firm representing the child filed a lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Child Safety, Department of Economic Security, multiple adoption agencies and two sets of foster and adoptive parents for the years of abuse that the girl endured while in the system, according to the lawsuit, filed in Pima County Superior Court.

The child was adopted by Samantha and Justin Osteraas in the summer of 2016, despite warnings from Justin Osteraas’ brother that Samantha “had mental issues and had a breakdown in the past,” Star archives show.

The man told detectives that he advised the adoption licensing agency, Christian Family Care, that his sister-in-law had been physically and emotionally abusing his brother for years.

Before she was adopted by the Osteraases, the child was living with foster parents David and Barbara Frodsham.

In 2016, Frodsham was arrested after federal authorities accused him of sexual misconduct with children and of providing at least one child to an alleged child pornographer, Randall Bischak, for sexual contact, according to Star archives.

Frodsham was sentenced to 17 years in prison after being convicted on two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.”

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