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Amanda Rea and Michael Joe Adkins wait for their arraignment Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Cabell Circuit Court. The case involves neglect, incest and sexual assault of a young child.

HUNTINGTON — A grand jury has added charges of incest, first-degree sexual assault and obstruction to the case of girl whose father and stepmother failed to inform her doctor of the child's recent abortion.

Michael Joe and Amanda Rea Adkins, of Ona, provided no comment after Wednesday morning’s court appearance. The indictment charges both with child neglect creating risk of injury and conspiracy.

It individually charges Michael Adkins with first-degree sexual assault, incest and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian. Amanda Adkins faces an additional count of obstruction and intimidation of a witness.

Neither defendant entered a plea at Wednesday’s arraignment. The case moves forward with both maintaining their innocence.

Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson released both defendants on a $20,000 bond, although he indicated a willingness to consider increasing the amount due to the new charges. Both defense attorneys declined comment afterwards.

The alleged sexual assault occurred sometime between Oct. 1, 2010, and Feb. 11, 2011, when the child would have been around 12 years old, the indictment states.

The neglect followed between Feb. 28 and March 16, 2011, when defendants' failed to inform her doctor of a March 1, 2011, abortion she had prior to a March 16, 2011, procedure, a dilation and curettage, commonly referred to as a D&C, according to the indictment. It further states the second procedure involved general anesthesia and placed the child in substantial risk of serious bodily injury.

Read a full report in Thursday’s edition of The Herald-Dispatch.

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