5 now charged in starvation death of Sabrina Ray

PERRY, Iowa (AP & KCCI-TV) — Police say three more people have been charged in the death of a 16-year-old central Iowa girl who weighed only 56 pounds at her death.

Sabrina Ray’s body was found May 12 in the Perry home she shared with her adoptive parents, who were charged May 17.

Police said Wednesday that the girl was unable to walk, talk or eat after being “drop-kicked” by her 21-year-old adoptive brother down basement stairs weeks before her death. The brother, Justin Dale Ray, is charged with two counts of willful injury and two counts of child endangerment.

A cousin, 20-year-old Josie Raye Bousman, is charged with abetting the abuse.

The teen’s grandmother, 62-year-old Carla Bousman, faces several charges, including aiding and abetting kidnapping, child abuse resulting in death and obstruction.

 

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Two more people have been arrested in the death of a 16-year-old Perry girl who weighed only 56 pounds at the time of her death.

Sabrina Ray was found dead in her home May 12. Misty Ray, 40, and her husband, Marc Ray, 41, are Sabrina Ray’s adoptive parents. The couple have been arrested and booked into the Dallas County Jail in lieu of $1 million cash-only bail.

Court records indicate Justin Dale Ray, 21, of Perry, has been charged in the case. He lives in the home where Sabrina Ray was found dead.

He is charged with two felony counts of willful injury and two felony counts of child endangerment.

Documents indicate a series of intentional acts of unreasonable force, torture or cruelty that resulted in the serious injury of Sabrina Ray.

Court documents indicate Justin Ray “drop-kicked” Sabrina Ray down the basement staircase, causing her to land on the basement floor.

According to court documents, Sabrina suffered serious injury and was unable to walk, talk, eat or drink following that act. The incident happened sometime between March 1 and May 12 of 2017.

Carla Raye Bousman, 62, is charged with first-degree kidnapping in the case. Court documents indicate she confined Sabrina Ray and two other girls in the home.

Court documents show Bousman took part in the confinement and denial of adequate food and water for Sabrina Ray, resulting in her death.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is expect to announce new information at a news conference at 1 p.m. in Perry.