Springs couple pleads guilty to child abuse charges

July 15, 2011

A Colorado Springs couple accused of malnourishing one of their six children and failing to get him medical treatment for a seizure disorder, pleaded guilty Thursday to child abuse, according to a news release issued Friday from the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

A warrant for the arrest of Tonya and Bryan Ricks, the child's parents, was issued in July  2010, according to district attorney's office. The Ricks' son, a 14-year-old boy, weighed 52.3 pounds when he was taken from his home and evaluated by doctors. After evaluations in both Memorial Hospital Central and Children's Hospital in Aurora, the boy was put into the care of foster parents, where he remains.

The last encounter the Ricks family had with the Colorado Springs Police Department was on Nov. 23, 2009, according to the district attorney's office. More information on the case was not available late Friday.

According to the news release, the five other Ricks children also required special medical and dental care, as well as therapy, but details were not available.

On Thursday, the Ricks pleaded guilty to charges of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and failure to provide medical attention. Their sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 23. They face 10 to 32 years in prison.





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