An unconscious 3-year-old boy with bruises and a brain injury arrived at the hospital in an ambulance on Christmas. The next day, when police visited the boy’s house, they found his 4-year-old sister also covered in bruises and a dead, starved dog still chained to its house in the backyard.
The toddlers’ stepmother, 26-year-old Maggie Susanna Graybeal Welch was charged last week with two counts child abuse, cruelty to a child and animal cruelty. The child abuse charges are all Class 6 felonies, punishable by one to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine. The animal cruelty charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.