Kentucky woman faces abuse charges regarding adopted kids

Lexington Herald-LeaderJuly 22, 2011 

A Lexington woman faces abuse and other charges for allegations that she attempted to suffocate her children and made them jump off a roof. She also is accused of locking one of them in a dog cage.

Lexington police have charged Cheryl G. Christopher, 51, with first-degree criminal abuse, first-degree wanton endangerment and unlawful imprisonment. Her husband Elisha B. Christopher, 69, is charged with first-degree criminal abuse because he "allowed another to abuse his 9-year-old child by strangulation and did not report or prevent them from being abused by his wife," according to a police report.

Lexington police Sgt. Jesse Harris told the Herald-Leader there were six children in the home. He said police began investigating the Christophers on June 15, after receiving reports of possible child abuse from social services.

Harris said the Christophers are not the biological parents of the children, who range in age from seven to 15. He said police have gotten reports that they are the adoptive parents of some of the children, but detectives are still investigating.

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