UPDATE: Randall Abney pleaded "not guilty" during his arraignment. His next scheduled court hearing is May 24, 2021.
A Dent County couple charged with their adoptive daughter’s death is scheduled to appear in court today.
Randall and Susan Abney of Salem are scheduled for arraignment at 1 p.m. The couple was first charged with neglecting a child resulting in death. But that charge was later amended to second-degree murder.
It was last October when the Abneys called 911 to report their 10-year-old daughter had collapsed at their home. The girl died a short time later.
Court documents state that when deputies arrived, the girl was emaciated, covered in bruises, and so dehydrated that medical personnel were unable to draw a blood sample.