Adoptive parents charged with murder after teenage girl weighing just 25 kilograms found dead

Marc and Misty Ray to face trial in Iowa over death of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray after autopsy finds deceased was severely malnourished and under weight

Friday 06 October 2017 09:23
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Sabrina Ray was found dead on 12 May inside the family’s home in Perry, Iowa
Sabrina Ray was found dead on 12 May inside the family’s home in Perry, Iowa

The adoptive parents of a 16-year-old Iowa girl who weighed only 25 kilograms when she died have been charged with first-degree murder.

Court records show a Dallas County judge on Tuesday approved the prosecution’s request to bring more charges against Misty and Marc Ray.

They’re the adoptive parents of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray, who was found dead on 12 May inside the family’s home in Perry, 35 miles northwest of Des Moines, Iowa. Police say preliminary autopsy results show she was severely malnourished.

The Rays already have pleaded not guilty to charges of child endangerment causing death, child endangerment causing serious injury and neglect.

A trial isn’t expected until next year.

AP

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