Warrants issued for Centralia couple in horrific child abuse case
November 03, 2017
(CENTRALIA, WA.) -- A Centralia couple who pleaded guilty last month to "years of abuse against a child in their care," failed to appear for their sentencing hearings Wednesday, according to a report by the Centralia Chronicle.
That led to Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke issuing no-bail warrants for their arrest.
The couple, Mary G. Foxworth, 43, and Anthony S. Foxworth, 45, each pleaded guilty in October to one count of first-degree criminal mistreatment to which the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office had planned to recommend a sentence of 51 months, or more than four years in prison, for each person.
The newspaper report says both Foxworths have been out of police custody on bail for the duration of the case and that their court appointed attorneys said their clients were aware of the sentencing date but neither attorney has had contact with their clients since Monday.
Court documents say the couple were accused of doing “great bodily harm” to one of the children in their care between January 2007 and January 2016.
Law enforcement became aware of the neglect in January of last year after the Foxworths took the boy to doctors reporting that he hadn’t eaten in three weeks.
The boy, 16 years old, was unable to talk and weighed just 54 pounds. He was later taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital where doctors found he had the skeletal age of a 13-year-old.
He could not stand on his own and could not open his mouth far enough for a doctor to check his throat. He was diagnosed with severe malnutrition, an intestinal blockage, anemia and neglect among other things.
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