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Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:47 PM

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Winchester KY Couple Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Adult Son With Down Syndrome

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) -- A Kentucky couple has pleaded not guilty to murdering their adult son with Down syndrome.

Albert and Patsy Christy, of Clark County, made their please in court during an arraignment Thursday in the murder case of their 20-year-old son with intellectual disabilities.

The medical examiner's report states the contributing factors toward their son's death include neglect, malnutrition and dehydration along with pneumonia. According to officials, the victim died in December weighing 61 pounds.

According to CBS affiliate WKYT, Patsy Christy disputed the examiner's report and said she fed him before calling 911. However, the medical examiner reported that there were no contents in the victim's stomach.

Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue said this is one of the worst cases he has seen in his three decades of law enforcement.