WA couple convicted in adopted twins abuse case

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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A Vancouver, Wash., couple accused of abusing adopted twins have been convicted of starving, beating and imprisoning the boy and girl.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/JcpOib ) that Superior Court jurors on Friday afternoon convicted Jeffrey and Sandra Weller on multiple counts including second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful imprisonment and third-degree assault causing bodily harm.

Jeffrey Weller was also convicted of choking the twin girl and assaulting his biological son and Sandra Weller's biological son.

The couple testified Thursday in their own defense, denying the charges. They plan to appeal. Sentencing was set for March 12.

The twins were removed from the home in 2011.

Now 17, both twins testified. The girl said they were fed moldy food and she was beaten with a cable-style bicycle lock.

A doctor testified the girl has scars on her back and the boy had a broken bone that was never set after he said he was beaten with a board.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com

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