Creston Woman Gets Probation for Felony Child Abuse


A 42-year-old Creston woman has been sentenced to four years probation for multiple felony child abuse charges.

Janelle Gertsch was sentenced last week in Platte County District Court after pleading no contest in June to three counts of felony child abuse after prosecutors agreed to drop two other counts.

Prosecutors say Gertsch and her boyfriend, Larry Einspahr Jr., abused her 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter on multiple occasions.

Einspahr was sentenced to 30 to 36 months in prison in May after pleading no contest to two counts of negligent child abuse.

Gertsch had adopted the two and another child but has since divorced the man she was married to at the time. Officials described the abuse as excessive discipline.