Parents of Sabrina Ray now charged with First Degree Murder

Sabrina Ray weighed just 56 pounds at her death. Photo WHO TV

PERRY, IOWA  —  Sabrina Ray's parents are now charged with First Degree Murder for her death, and her father faces an additional new charge of Sexual Abuse of two other children in the home.

Online court records show Marc and Misty Ray were charged with their adopted daughter's murder this week.  The couple already faced nearly a dozen other charges for the alleged physical abuse of Sabrina and her siblings.  Sabrina was found dead in the Ray’s home in Perry in May.  Police say she died after months of starvation and physical abuse.

WHO TV reports that court filings accuse Marc and Misty Ray of acting “intentionally, willfully, deliberately, and with premeditation and malice aforethought, killing Sabrina Lynn Ray.”  The date of the murder is listed as January 2012 to May 12th, 2017.

In addition to the First Degree Murder charge, Marc Ray is also now charged with two counts of sexual abuse for allegedly abusing another child in the Ray home.

Three other members of the Ray family are also charged in connection to the abuse and death of Sabrina Ray and other family members, including Sabrina's adoptive brother Justin Ray, her adoptive grandmother Carla Bousman, and adoptive cousin Josie Bousman.

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