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Couple faces charges of child abuse
Neglect takes place for years, indictments say
Terry Michael Hodges has been indicted on four criminal counts.
A former teacher and her husband have been charged with child abuse and neglect for allegedly mistreating their 4-year-old adopted daughter.The teacher, Bernadette Elizabeth Hodges, and her husband, Terry Michael Hodges, have been indicted on four criminal counts, two of aggravated child abuse and two of aggravated child neglect. If convicted, they could face virtual life sentences since each is a Class A felony and carries 15 to 25 years in prison. In the indictments, prosecutors contend the abuse happened between June 2012 and August 2015, meaning prosecutors believe the child had been systematically abused over a three-year period.