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Judge OKs mental evaulations for Telford couple in child abuse case

May 24th, 2013 9:47 am by Becky Campbell

Judge OKs mental evaulations for Telford couple in child abuse case

Andrew Lorenze Allen and Amanda Percell (Washington County Detention Center photos)

Attorneys for a Telford couple charged in what Washington County sheriff’s investigators said is the worst case of child abuse they’ve seen asked a judge Thursday to approve mental evaluations for their clients.

Amanda Percell, 22, and her boyfriend, Andrew Lorenze Allen, 29, 533 Browning Road, are both charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect or endangerment.

The charges stem from Percell’s 2-year-old son having extensive bruising all over his body — some that appeared to be in various stages of healing, according to court documents. Read the original article here.

The two were scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday, but General Sessions Judge Rob Lincoln approved defense requests for mental evaluations from Brad Sproles, Percell’s attorney, and Phillip Ratliff, who represents Allen.

“She has a long history of mental health issues. I would move the court to allow a mental evaluation,” Sproles told Lincoln.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Rasnick said the state was ready to proceed with a hearing and any competency issues would have to be settled at the Criminal Court level, not in Sessions Court.

But Lincoln said he would allow time for the evaluation. Ratliff later asked for the same for his client.

The preliminary hearing is now scheduled for July 11 at 1:30 p.m.

The couple was arrested last week after Percell called 911 and said her 2-year-old son had fallen off a porch. But investigators said the child’s injuries did not match what Percell said happened.

Percell and Allen are each being held on $100,000 bond. 

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