Susan Abney to be Sentenced in October & Trial Process in Early Stages for Randall Abney in Death of Adopted Daughter

(Salem/Steelville) Sentencing for Susan Abney of Dent County will now take place October 11th in Crawford County court after the venue was changed from Dent County.

The 46-year-old will learn how much time behind bars she will spend in regards to the starving death case of her and her husband’s adopted daughter.

Early this year, Susan cut a plea deal where she pleaded guilty to one of her two original felony charges.

She and her husband, 54-year-old Randall Abney, were both originally charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death.

Susan’s murder charge was dropped after saying she was guilty of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death.

In 2020, the Abneys were arrested after Dent County police found 10-year-old Josie Ann Abney in an extreme starving condition.

The girl ended up dying the very next day from malnutrition.

Josie weighed just 34-pounds when she died.

Randall Abney is taking his case to a jury trial in Dent County. The Dent County Circuit Clerk’s office tells Regional Radio that he is currently in the early stages of the trial process.