SALEM, Mo. — A Salem couple is now being charged with second-degree murder after the death of a 10-year-old, according to court documents.
Randall and Susan Abney were originally charged with abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death.
10-year-old Josie Abney weighed less than 35 pounds after she collapsed and died, according to the Dent County Coroner’s Office.
One investigator described Josie as appearing like a Holocaust victim, according to the probable cause statement.
A preliminary hearing for the couple is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2021.