1 of 2 Charged with Starving Adopted Daughter to Death Will Be In Court Later This Month

(Steelville) 44-year-old Susan Abney and 52-year-old Randall Abney of Dent County await their murder trials after being charged in the death of their adopted daughter.

The Abneys are both facing second degree murder and abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death charges.

Susan’s jury trial will be in Crawford County on a change of venue and it will begin March 7th of 2022.

Her last chance to cut a plea deal with prosecutors is January 19th.

Randall Abney’s jury trial is set for July 11th through 15th at the courthouse in Salem.

His last chance to cut a plea deal will be April 22nd.

The Abneys are accused of killing their 10-year-old adopted daughter in 2020.

They were arrested October 3rd of 2020 at their rural home, located between Salem and Boss.

The arrests came after police found young Josie Ann Abney in an extreme starving condition.

She died the next day from severe cachexia and protein calorie malnutrition.

Josie weighed only 34-pounds.

The Abney’s adopted Josie in 2013.