Two Muskogee County residents' trial date set on child abuse charges

Tuesday, September 6th 2005, 7:45 pm
By: News On 6

Two people who face charges in a Muskogee County child abuse case have been bound over for trial.

Sharon Smith and her daughter, Brenna Smith face child neglect charges in the case involving a 4 year old Braggs boy. Sharon is the boy's aunt. Investigators say the 4 year old Braggs boy was subjected to starvation; beatings and other forms of abuse for most his life.

Authorities suspect the motive was to make the boy look mentally unbalanced to collect social security benefits. The boys' mother and father also face charges.