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McDowell child abuse suspects in court

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Michael Perry Michael Perry
Crystal Perry Crystal Perry

WELCH (WVVA) - A McDowell County couple charged with child abuse after their children were found living in filthy conditions last week have waived their right to a preliminary hearing.

Michael and Crystal Perry both appeared in McDowell County Magistrate Court Friday morning. The two were arrested and charged with child abuse creating substantial risk of injury last Thursday after their children -- ages one and two -- were found handling and even eating human excrement at their home in the Ashland area.

View WVVA.com's previous reports on this case

A motion to reduce bond for the pair was denied by Magistrate Danny Mitchell.

In speaking to WVVA News at the courtroom, Crystal's father said his daughter and son-in-law were not at home at the time Child Protective Services workers came to the home to remove the children.

Crystal's father tells WVVA News that the children were in the care of a babysitter at the time.

Melina Chappell, a friend of the family, told WVVA News that Crystal was a good mother.

See more from the courtroom this evening on WVVA News at 6.

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