Epping woman was free on 'good behavior' when tot abuse allegedly happenedBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
October 21. 2016 4:10PM
BRENTWOOD — An Epping woman accused of beating an 18-month-old boy was free on a suspended sentence for a 2014 drug conviction, according to court records.
Jami Castine, 27, of 97A Jenness Road in Epping, was indicted on felony drug charges for allegedly selling quantities of marijuana to an informant with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force in July 2014.
The felony charges were dropped in December 2014 as part of a negotiated plea deal with prosecutors, court records show. Castine pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled drug and received a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years as long as she remained on good behavior, according to court records.
Castine is now back in Rockingham County Superior Court, charged with assaulting two toddlers in her care while selling “controlled drugs” between March 1 and April 8, according to indictments.
Prosecutors allege she was abusing an 18-month-old boy and had assaulted a second child of about the same age. The 18-month-old boy sustained head and facial injuries that may lead to permanent vision impairment, according to police.
It’s unclear whether Castine will have to serve the year in prison that was suspended as a result of her latest arrest. No action has yet been taken in that regard, court documents show.
Matthew Hunt, described in court documents as Castine’s live-in boyfriend, also received a similar plea deal in the 2014 drug case after striking an agreement with prosecutors. He was questioned by Epping police regarding the toddler assault but has not been charged.
Castine is headed to trial in September 2017 on charges of first- and second-degree assault, and counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Prosecutors are seeking enhanced penalties on the assault charges, which could land Castine in prison for years if convicted.
Her father, Timothy Castine, 56, is charged with falsifying physical evidence and failing to report child abuse, according to indictments.
Jami and Timothy Castine have pleaded not guilty to all charges and remain free on bail.