Five people are being charged in the case of a 16-year-old girl, Sabrina Ray, who was found dead at her adoptive parents’ house, weighing just 54 pounds.
Her adoptive parents, 41-year-old Marc Ray and 40-year-old Misty Ray, are being charged with child abuse. They were vacationing in Disney Land at the time of Sabrina’s death, and were not in the home when police raided it.
Police said that the 15-year-old girl was drop-kicked by her adoptive brother down some basement steps, and the injuries left her unable to walk, talk, or eat.
The brother, 21-year-old Justin Dale Ray, is charged with two counts of willful injury and two counts of child endangerment for the incident.
The Daily Mail reveals:
Between March and May, Justin also allegedly kicked his frail adoptive sister in the chin, leaving her with a bleeding cut, according to a criminal complaint.
A cousin who lived with the family, 20-year-old Josie Raye Bousman, is charged with child endangerment resulting in death and three counts of first-degree kidnapping after she allegedly admitted to injuring Sabrina and denying her food and water, reported the station KCCI8.
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.
The Rays also ran an in-home child care, and police are investigating whether any abuse occurred with those children, officials said.
Authorities had previously revealed that Sabrina Ray was homeschooled and that she and her siblings had been monitored by the Iowa Department of Human Services following complaints about inadequate nutrition and the use of corporal punishment.
Three other children were removed from the home, including two girls – ages 10 and 12 – who were also adopted and are now under a doctor’s care, according to police.
The third child is a boy. Police did not reveal his age, but noted the Rays don’t currently face charges concerning him.
According to reporting by 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.