UPDATE: Parents Accused of Arranging Abortions for 11-Year-Old Arraigned on New Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 3/12/2014 @ 12:45 pm
HUNTINGTON, WVa. (WSAZ) -- A new seven-count indictment has been handed down against a Cabell County couple, accused of forcing their 11-year-old to have an abortion.

Michael and Amanda Adkins, of Ona, are at the center of this investigation.

The grand jury has charged Michael Adkins with sexual assault, incest, and sexual abuse.

The victim's step-mother, Amanda, is facing obstruction charges and the intimidation of a witness.

"This has been an injustice," says Corporal Marleen Moore with the WV State Police Crimes Against Children's Unit. "Now it's time for her dad and step mom to pay for the injustices and indignities and the crimes they committed against this child."

The Adkins were first arrested, in March of 2013. The alleged sexual assault occurred sometime between October of 2010 and February of 2011.

The case stems around the 11 year old's abortion. Investigators say it was result of the sexual assault and incest committed by the victim's father.

"Her step mom snuck her off and got an abortion and neglected to tell anybody." says Corporal Moore. "She made statements telling everyone it was a miscarriage. The Adkins' made threats against their daughter, telling her not to tell."

The Adkins had no comment, in front of WSAZ's cameras as they left the courtroom, late Thursday morning.

They remain free, on the original $20,000 bond, posted.

They're scheduled to appear back in court, on April 21st.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/11/14 @ 1:48 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Parents, who were originally charged last year in connection with a child abuse case in Cabell County, are expected to be in court Wednesday to answer to new charges.

West Virginia State Police say Michael and Amanda Adkins will answer an indictment related to incest and child abuse charges.

These are additional charges, following a year-long investigation from when the couple was first arrested.

They were arrested in March 2013 after State Police say they consented to two abortion-like procedures within 15 days for their 11-year-old daughter.

They were originally charged with child neglect causing the risk of injury.

At this time, the indictment remains sealed. More details surrounding the new charges are expected to be released Wednesday.


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