A 16-year-old Iowa girl who only weighed 56 lbs due to neglect from the foster family she lived with has died. The 5 people responsible for her death are now looking at charges of starvation.
Sabrina Ray’s body was discovered in the home of 41-year-old Marc Ray and 40-year-old Misty Ray who had adopted the young girl.
The brother’s name is Justin Dale Ray. Now that scumbag is being charged with two counts of willful injury and two counts of child endangerment for his part in the abuse, which went down between May and April. It was between March and May, Justin also supposedly booted his decrepit adoptive sister right in her chin, which left her bleeding from a gash.
As if that wan’t enough, even the sick cousin got in on the abuse of this poor girl. 20-year-old Josie Raye Bousman lived with the family and is charged with child endangerment which lead to Sabrina’s death, as well as, three counts of first-degree kidnapping after she supposedly acknowledged to injuring Sabrina by not giving her any food or water.
The Daily Mail has the details of the case:
At the time of her death, 16-year-old Sabrina had the average weight of a healthy seven-year-old girl. The teen’s grandmother, 62-year-old Carla Bousman, faces several charges, including including aiding and abetting kidnapping, child abuse resulting in death and obstruction for allegedly altering evidence at the crime scene and providing false evidence.
Ray was found dead inside her family’s residence at 1708 1st Avenue in Perry – a tidy two-story home with a patch of grass in the front yard – at around 6.30pm on May 12 after police responded to a report of an unresponsive teenager.
The girl’s adoptive parents, Marc and Misty Ray, were away on a trip to Disney World with one of their sons when the 911 call was placed, but arrived around the same time as the first responders. Both parents were arrested and each charged with child endangerment resulting in death and 10 other child endangerment, negligence and kidnapping counts.
Believe it or not, the Rays actually ran a sort of childcare program right inside their home, so police were more than suspicious, and started to check whether abuse was going on with those children as well. Authorities had previously revealed that Sabrina Ray was home schooled and that she and her siblings were being watched and inquired about when complaints about short-handed nutrition as well as physical beatings were happening.
The Des Moines Register:
Sabrina was placed in Misty and Marc Ray’s home in 2011 after her biological father, a recovering methamphetamine addict and alcoholic named Joseph Busch and his wife, Karena, pleaded guilty to child endangerment.
The Rays initially took in Sabrina as a foster child and formally adopted her in 2013. Sabrina also had an older half-sister, who is now aged 27, and four younger brothers, who went to live with relatives or other foster families.
Sabrina Ray’s death was unnecessary and evil. The poor girl never had a chance at a real life with a family that actually loved her.
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