LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The trial for woman accused of severely abusing her stepsons which continued Wednesday with one of the boys taking the stand.
Police say it's one of the worst cases of child abuse they've ever seen. Melissa Lively is charged with aggravated assault, accused of burning her two step-children with a battery charger. During testimony Wednesday, Danny Lively said Melissa Lively did not actually burn him and his brother, but she knew their older step brothers - Joshua and Jason Lively - abused the boys and did not stop it. Joshua Lively has already been convicted and sentenced to 20 years in this case as a juvenile.
Danny Lively also testified that he and his abused brother were not allowed to go to school because Melissa Lively did not want anyone to question the boys' injuries.
A doctor took the stand Wednesday as well, saying she found several BB gun wounds on their legs including some BB's still embedded in their skin. Court documents show the 15 and 16-year-old boys were forced to sleep in a garage closet and force-fed Habanero peppers.
Lively's husband, son, and family friend face similar charges. If convicted Melissa Lively faces two to 20 years behind bars.
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