A grand jury will hear the cases of Marsha and Suzanna Gray next month.
Attorneys for the Grays argued the actions in the nearly two minute video clip didn’t meet the standards for criminal abuse under Kentucky law. But district judge Daniel Heady disagreed after seeing the clip himself during the hearing.
Union County Sheriffs Deputy Jason Thomas testified about the clip leading to the charges. He said it clearly showed the child struggling to escape after having her eyes closed, and showed Marsha Gray striking the 11-year-old as she was being held back.
Under cross examination, attorneys for the Grays argued it doesn’t show what happened before the video was taken, there was no past history of abuse involving the family, and the child didn’t seek medical attention after the incident on July 7th. Attorneys grilled Deputy Thomas about how much he knew of the family’s history with the child.
The child was removed from the home on Monroe Street in Sturgis last month. Marsha Gray was caring for the victim at the time of the incident. She posted bond last Friday while Suzanna bonded out after surrendering to sheriffs deputies. Suzanna waived her formal arraignment. Both the grays and their attorneys declined to comment.
The grand jury is scheduled to hear the case on September 6th.