Foster parents accused of child abuse


By TJ Caudill - tcaudill@civitasmedia.com



HAZARD — Two foster parents were indicted in Perry County this month accusing them of child abuse.

Bethany L. Sizemore, 40, and Chester Combs, 30, of Buckhorn were indicted on two counts of first-degree criminal abuse.

According to the indictment, on Feb. 18 Sizemore and Combs beat a seven-year-old and a nine-year-old in the face, arms, and body with belts, switches, fists and feet. The indictment says the beatings caused serious physical harm to both children.

The indictment says the abuse took place while both Sizemore and Combs were foster parents to the children.

Bail was set in the amount of $20,000 cash plus home incarceration and MCR for both Sizemore and Combs.

They are scheduled to appear in the Perry County Circuit Court for arraignment on Jan. 05.

TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.

By TJ Caudill

tcaudill@civitasmedia.com

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