PORTSMOUTH, Va (WAVY) - A Portsmouth couple accused in April of abusing and neglecting their baby appeared before a judge Wednesday morning.
Police say Arielle and Don Money kept their dog and 1-year-old child in deplorable conditions. They are charged with felonies because of what police say they found inside the couple's home: dirty diapers piled on top of clothes, dog feces, urine and spoiled food.
Wednesday, Arielle did her best to escape WAVY's camera outside the Portsmouth courthouse. 10 On Your Side went to court to ask them about the allegations. The couple offered no defense, but did make accusations.
"You guys created more than enough issues for me," Arielle yelled. When asked how WAVY.com created issues for her, Arielle replied, " I do not want to be on the camera. I have no comment. Get away from me."
After the encounter, a red-faced Arielle and her husband entered the courtroom and both waived their right to a preliminary hearing. Now the case against the couple will go straight to a grand jury, who will hear the evidence and decide if Mr. and Mrs. Money will go to trial on felony charges.
Court documents revealed that Arielle told police her baby was behind on vaccinations and had not been to a doctor in six months.
Investigators reported in April that they had not seen any milk or food at the house for the child, but did find several bottles of alcohol. After the baby was taken away from the couple, doctors determined she had not reached appropriate developmental milestones and diagnosed her with failure to thrive and malnutrition.
The child is now staying with a grandparent.
The Moneys remain out of jail on bond.
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