Des Moines Police arrested a mother of nine this week. Kijua Beaudrie is charged with three counts of child neglect. While she is in the Polk County Jail, her husband is nowhere to be found. James Beaudrie is accused of eight counts of sex abuse.
“As this investigation continued, he might have figured out the direction it was going to go and he left town,” says Des Moines Police Sgt. Chris Scott.
The father of nine has been under investigation since October of last year. Police say he sexually abused at least one of his children. They range in age from 16 to nearly six months old.
Beaudrie owned the store GameSip at Merle Hay Mall. It's believed the family lived in the back of the store and the dad called all the shots.
“They didn`t ask to do anything, go anywhere or anything without being approved by the father first,” says Scott.
Police say the three counts of child neglect against the mother stem from the fact that she knew what was happening, but didn’t report the crime.
“No red flags,” says Dean Sturtevant who was a regular at GameSip.
He went to the mall this week, but the store was close.
“Appalled, slightly disgusted. If the allegations are true which I don`t know if they are, I feel disgusted for doing business with that man,”
Before Beaudrie answers those allegations, authorities must first find him.
“His physical descriptors and characteristics, I believe will make him stand out in the crowd more than if he was just of average size,” says Supervisory Deputy Mike Powell with the U.S. Marshals Service.
Beaudrie is 6 feet 2 inches tall and about 400 pounds. Authorities located his van in Utah. Marshals are following up on tips that came in within the last 24 hours.
“I want to be very careful not to release too much information to the public about that. Quite frankly we don`t want to give a game plan to the fugitive,” says Powell.
The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $3500 reward for Beaudrie’s capture. If you have any information about Beaudrie's whereabout, call 1-877-WANTED2.
As for the couple's children, authorities removed them from their parent's care. They are now in foster care or in shelters.