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Sisters charged with endangering children

By Kevin McKinnon, 12/20/12 10:32 AM

Taylor Beard and Morgan Grimmer

A Hope mother and her sister are in jail today after allegedly breaking into a home and taking her children from her estranged husband by force.

Taylor Beard, 19, and Morgan Grimmer, 20, both of Hope, were arrested Wednesday after Beard’s husband, Blake Beard, says the pair broke into his residence on Monday, December 17th and restrained him while taking the couple’s two small children.

Deputy Michael Braddock was called to Blake Beard’s residence at 3412 West Avenue B Monday where Beard says before he could respond to a faint knock at the door, his wife and Grimmer kicked the door in. He says that Grimmer then attacked him and held him down while his wife entered the residence and took their children.

Beard says he didn’t fight back because he didn’t want to get into trouble.

Deputy Braddock talked to two other witnesses in the home that corroborated the father’s statement.

Grimmer and Taylor Beard were taken into custody after investigators obtained search warrants for the two on charges of Residential Burglary.

The two women were charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Grimmer was also charged with Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.

They were awaiting a first court appearance in the Hempstead COunty Detention Center.

The Sheriff’s Department reports that the case is still under investigation.