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Augusta County Child Abuse Trial Underway

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Arthur and Marcia Warren Arthur and Marcia Warren
Arthur Warren Arthur Warren
Francis Yoho Francis Yoho
Becky Yoho Becky Yoho

A couple accused of making their grandchild sleep in a shed are facing a jury trial in Augusta County. Arthur Warren, 65, and Marcia Warren, 67, are each charged with one count of felony child abuse.

Prosecutors say frustration over "years and years" of bed-wetting prompted the Warrens to have their 9-year-old grandson sleep in a large storage building.

Tuesday the young victim testified the makeshift sleeping quarters were "cold and scary."  The boy also testified  that complaining about it prompted his grandfather to reply, "toughen up, kid."

One defense attorney says there's no way the jury could find that - in his words - "these good decent grandparents are criminals."

The alleged victim slept in the 12-by-28 building on the Warren's property near Greenville from August to late October of last year. The boy's mother likened it to camping. But the child himself said the building was dark and scary with temperatures ranging from "blistering hot" to "freezing."

It was his teacher from Riverheads Elementary School who first reported the possible abuse when the shivering child told her where he was spending his nights.

This trial is expected to continue into Thursday. 

The boy's parents, Francis and Becky Yoho, will face their own trial next week.

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