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Trial Scheduled for Couple Accused of Chaining Child

Trial Scheduled for Couple Accused of Chaining Child

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A three-day trial has been scheduled for a Magna couple accused of chaining their 12-year-old boy in the basement and depriving him of food and clothing.

Mark Gray, 40, and Christina Gray, 35, have each been charged with second-degree felony child abuse in connection with alleged mistreatment of Mark Gray's 12-year-old biological son, who is Christina Gray's stepson.

Trial was scheduled for Sept. 15-17 for the Grays, whose cases are linked.

The boy testified at a preliminary hearing earlier this month that his father and his stepmother put him in handcuffs when he was not at school or dinner and chained him to the concrete block. He said his stepmother once beat him with a wooden 2-by-4 and at least twice stabbed him in the head with a fork until he bled.

The boy also testified he was given no food except for a little dinner and school lunch.

Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies visited the home on Oct. 1. The boy told them how he was held captive and showed them peanut butter he had stashed for times when he was not fed, according to court documents.

The boy now lives with his aunt and uncle.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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