Sabrina’s drop-kicking brother set to cop plea Friday

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Justin Ray of Perry, the 21-year-old brother of teenage starvation victim Sabrina Ray, has reached a plea bargain in his case involving his sister's death, according to an order filed Monday by Dallas County District Court Judge Terry Rickers.

ADEL — Justin Ray of Perry, the 21-year-old brother of teenage starvation victim Sabrina Ray, has reached a plea bargain in his case involving his sister’s death, according to an order filed Monday by Dallas County District Court Judge Terry Rickers.

Justin Ray was arrested May 31 in connection with Sabrina’s death and faces felony charges of child endangerment resulting in serious injury, child endangerment resulting in bodily injury and two counts of willful injury causing bodily injury.

Ray is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon for a plea hearing, according to Rickers’ order.

Court documents allege that between April 15 and May 1, 2017, the 280-pound Ray “drop-kicked” Sabrina “down the basement staircase, causing her to land on the basement floor” and leaving her “unable to walk, talk, eat or drink in her normal fashion.”

During the same period, Ray allegedly “kicked Sabrina Lynn Ray in the chin, causing her to drop to the floor bleeding from the chin.”

The child was found dead at Rays of Sunshine Daycare May 12, 2017. Investigators said she weighed just 56 pounds when she was found. Autopsy results showed Sabrina died of severe malnutrition.

Her adoptive parents, Marc Ray and Misty Ray, were arrested May 18 in connection with the death, and each faces a charge of first-degree murder.

Misty Ray’s mother, Carla Bousman, 62, was arrested May 31 along with her grandson.  Court documents claim Bousman allegedly “removed and altered evidence at the crime scene to obstruct the prosecution of others,” and she “furnished false information in this matter.”

Bousman is charged with three counts of aiding and abetting first-degree kidnapping, one count of aiding and abetting child endangerment resulting in death and one count of obstructing prosecution or defense.

Josie Bousman, 20, the cousin Sabrina, faces charges similar to Carla Bousman’s but was not charged with obstructing prosecution or defense. She agreed in October to testify for the prosecution, according to an Oct. 13 court order by Judge Rickers.

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