Trial set for parents accused in death of neglected child

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a West Virginia couple charged with murder and neglect after authorities said their toddler appeared to have been starved to death.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Christy Moore and Corey Moore are now scheduled to stand trial May 14. The delay was due to Corey Moore’s attorney requesting a mental evaluation that’s set for Tuesday.

A Mercer County Sheriff’s report says the couple told authorities the toddler had a cold and lost nearly 20 pounds. Detective Sgt. S.A. Sommers says the parents told authorities the boy refused to eat. Prosecutor Georgia Sitler has said the couple’s three other children also appeared malnourished.

Relatives John and Janet Adkins have been charged with similar offenses.

Authorities expect to receive the toddler’s autopsy report this week.

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