More details revealed in child abuse trial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/27/09

More details revealed in child abuse trial

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thursday marks day four in the trial of a Lubbock woman accused of torturing her stepsons.

Melissa Lively is accused of burning the teens with a battery charger. Her husband, son and a family friend are also accused of the torture. Her stepson, Danny, finished his testimony early Thursday morning.

Danny's younger brother Joe Lively then took the stand as the prosecution showed pictures of him at the hospital with BB gun wounds all over his legs. Joe stated that he finally got a good night's sleep when at the hospital.

Joe ended up in the hospital when police found him walking barefoot on I-27, after a family member chased him out of the house. Pictures of his emaciated body were shown to the court. His spine and shoulder blades were visible, along with large burns on his arms, wrists and hands. He had been cut with a razor and his eyes were nearly swollen shut, and he had bruising and wounds on his face.

Pictures of the house that the boys lived in were also presented. The photos showed that there were only two cans of food and Kool-Aid in the refrigerator, but food was stored in the parents closet and was kept from the boys.

The prosecution argued that the parents hid food from the two boys, while the parents ate fast food, and photo evidence of this was presented.

The pictures also revealed the closet that the boys were kept in and the foam beds that they were made to sleep on. The floor of the closet was concrete. The few clothes they had were also used as blankets and pillows.

There was also photo evidence that showed the battery charger that was used in the torturing of the boys and of the habanero peppers that they were forced to eat.

If convicted, Melissa Lively faces two to 20-years behind bars. Lively's husband, son and a family friend face similar charges.

NewsChannel 11 is continuing to follow this trial and will have more information as it becomes available.

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