Child Abuse Case Continued

The case of a west Alabama couple accused of child abuse was on the court docket in Choctaw County Wednesday.

21-year-old Tineisha Butler, and her boyfriend, Lakendrick Holley, 25, were arrested in January, after emergency responders were called to the home.

Butler and Holley face charges of abuse involving Butler's two-year-old daughter.

The case was continued after defense attorneys requested mental evaluations for the defendants.

According to investigators, the child showed signs of being brutally beaten and starved.

"I just wanted to cry, because I had to ride in the back all the way to Jackson, and that's all I could do," said Jeffrey Gaines, the father of the 2-year-old victim. "I want custody, full custody."

Gaines says he not only wants custody of his daughter but also his three-year-old son. Both children were living with Butler when she was arrested.

According to investigators, the three-year-old did not have any apparent signs of abuse.

"We feel real, real good about this case," said Sheriff James Lovette. "We've got some good statements from the nurses and doctors that tended to these children. We have real good cases with both cases."

Lovette said Holley and Butler could possibly go to trial as early as May.

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