Officials investigate death of 56-lb. teen girl in Iowa

PERRY, Iowa - Parents of an adopted 16-year-old girl are facing charges related to the malnutrition death of the girl last week in Iowa, according to a news release.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said officers responded to a report of an unresponsive 16-year-old at 6:30 p.m. on May 12. Officers found Sabrina Ray dead at her home where she lived with parents 41-year-old Marc Ray and 40-year-old Misty Ray. 

An autopsy was conducted on May 15th by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner.  Final autopsy results aren't expected for a few weeks, police said Thursday, butthe Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner noted the girl had severe malnutrition. Sabrina weighed 56 pounds at the time of her death.

Marc Ray and Misty Ray each face one county of felony child endangerment resulting in death, four counts of felony child endangerment resulting in serious injury and three counts of felony neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.

Police said four of the charges that each of the Rays is facing are related to Sabrina’s death. The additional four charges are related to the two minor girls who were removed from the home earlier this week. Police said the girls are under a physician’s care.

The Rays operated an in-home day care and have also served as foster parents in the past, the report said. 

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