Parents of mistreated Centralia teen are no shows for sentencing hearing

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 3:46 pm
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Attorneys huddle with Lewis County Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke after defendants fail to appear in court.

Updated at 4:53 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities said law enforcement would go look today to try to find a Centralia couple who didn’t show up for their sentencing hearing in a case of the severe neglect of one of their children.

Mary G. Foxworth, 43, and Anthony S. Foxworth Sr., 45, are facing prison terms of as long as more than four years. Each pleaded guilty last month separately to one count of first-degree criminal mistreatment.

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Mary G. Foxworth

They were charged late last year after an investigation that began almost a year earlier. When they first appeared before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court in January, they were allowed to remain free on $10,000 unsecured bonds.

The Centralia Police Department got involved after the Foxworths took their 16-year-old son to the doctor with abdominal pain, and he was was hospitalized, suffering from severe malnutrition, severe constipation and anemia, according to Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm. The boy weighed just 54 pounds, was missing patches of hair, could not stand on his own and had not seen a doctor or been enrolled in school for years, according to the allegations.

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Anthony S. Foxworth Sr.

Most benches in the courtroom today were filled for the hearing that was scheduled for 2 p.m.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead, just after 2:15 p.m., told the judge neither defendant was present, although both were aware of the hearing.

Defense attorney Jacob Clark said the last time he’d heard from his client was Monday. Anthony Foxworth’s lawyer Chris Baum said his client had checked in on Monday as usual.

Judge Joely O’Rourke agreed to sign no-bail bench warrants for the couple.

Among those who were present was their son, now 18 years old. He looked well. Halstead said prior to the hearing he hadn’t decided whether he would address the court.

He was accompanied by at least a half dozen individuals wearing black leather jackets emblazoned with the logo of their group, Bikers Against Child Abuse.

One of the group from Kelso, who only gave his “road name” of Pops, said they work to support young victims.

“We want them to know, that child’s got someone protecting their back,” he said.

Clark said after the hearing adjourned, he asked Mary Foxworth’s mother to go check on her, as there have been mental wellness concerns.

Clark said he believes the couple no longer resides together, nor do their other two children live with them.

Baum said he didn’t know why they weren’t at court, and he didn’t want to speculate.

Halstead said the plan was to send law enforcement to look for them and pick them up this afternoon.
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For background, read “Centralia mother pleads guilty to severe neglect of son” from Tuesday October 17, 2017, here

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5 Responses to “Parents of mistreated Centralia teen are no shows for sentencing hearing”

  1. spottedgrowl says:

    Well said pj. What a bunch of winners! If I had been present, I would have walked over to their table, grabbed their plates, and went and tossed them outside. They are the lowest of pond dwelling vermin I had ever heard of!

  2. Fifi says:

    Just praying they are found and get the ass kicking they deserve

  3. BobbyinLC says:

    Cowards and scumbags to the end.

  4. Autumn says:

    Yeah imagine that no shows. They have no remorse for what the did to their son. Wow and how could you go out for dinner with all the depression this women was going through plus all the stress from the hearing. She never had shit like i said before it was a excuss who in their right mind dont know a child was not eating due to depression. She wasnt to ill to miss a meal or make sure her husband and others where fed face it if that boy would have not been discovered he would be dead by now and they problaby would have made some story that he ran away ot no one would have ever known. Sickos like them should have been in jail throughout this whole thing. Then there wouldnt be this no show crap

  5. PJ says:

    After they plead guilty and were awaiting sentencing, we saw them having dinner in the lounge at The Rib Eye. I recognized them from the photos in the newspaper. Another couple near us did too and like us, were struggling to use restraint to keep from sharing our “feelings” with them. Starving their child, yet dinning in style and obviously had not missed a meal themselves. They should of been locked up until everything was said and done.

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