Thursday, October 15, 2020

Girl, 10, 'looked like Holocaust victim' after adoptive parents 'starved her to death'

A 10-year-old girl who was allegedly starved by her adoptive parents looked like a “Holocaust victim,” weighing under 40 pounds before dying.



Josie Ann Abney was transported to Salem Memorial District Hospital in Missouri on the evening of October 3 after a deputy responded to a call of an unresponsive child.



Little Josie Ann Abney weighed just 38lbs when she died.



Police said a 10-year-old girl looked like a "Holocaust victim" after her adoptive parents allegedly starved her to death.


Josie Ann Abney was adopted by Randall and Susan Abney in 2013.



Josie Ann Abney weighed just 38lbs, half what a child of her age should weigh, and was so emaciated and dehydrated that emergency room doctors were unable to draw blood from her, police added.

According to Stanford Children’s Health, a normal blood sugar range for children is between 80 and 180 mg/dL but Josie's registered at just 10 even thought she did not have diabetes or any other health conditions.

Josie died less than an hour after she was was rushed to Salem Memorial District Hospital on October 3.

Randall Lee Abney, 51, and Susan Abney, 44, from Salem, adopted Josie at the age of three in 2013 before going on to foster 12 or 13 children over the years, KSDK reported.



Susan Abney is jointly charged with her husband Randall.



According to the news station, the Abneys called 911 shortly before 6.30pm saying Josie had collapsed as the family was about to have dinner and was unresponsive.

Police who were called to the home claimed Josie looked almost skeletal, had bruises on both of her temples, on her chest, arms and hands, and had a wound on the bridge of her nose, according to the Salem News.

One officer described the child as looking like a “Holocaust victim”.

The newspaper reports Josie's bedroom door was locked from the outside and there was an alarm on the top of the door.

Inside her room was a single mattress, a lamp and a clothes basket.



The Abneys had a lock on their refrigerator which Randell told investigators Josie could open.

Adopted dad Randall Lee Abney.



However a Kent County detective claimed it was tight and difficult for him to open the lock when he tried.

He didn’t believe Josie would have been able to manage in her weakened state, the court documents allege.

Police found non-perishable canned and powdered goods, which required cooking, in the family’s kitchen but they were stored in cabinets too high for Josie to reach.

While cookies, brownies, candy, crackers, and other snacks were reportedly found stashed away in the couple's dresser drawers.

When questioned by detectives Susan admitted that it “wasn’t fair” they had junk food hidden in their bedroom.


A detective who found Josie Ann Abney said she 'appeared like a Holocaust victim'.



She also said she "felt bad" Josie was so thin and thought about taking her to a doctor but failed to do so.

When asked why she said: “I don’t know. My own stupidity."

“I was too scared of what they would think.”

Randall said Josie was thin because she chose not to eat, the court records show.

He also claimed he and his wife never locked their daughter in her bedroom and it had been installed before they bought the house.

But Susan admitted they did lock Josie in the room “while they were outside gardening or getting mail because they have a gun in the house".



The couple have both been charged with abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death, according to court records.

They are being held in the Dent County Jail in lieu of $500,000 (£383,700) bond each.