Grandmother of starved Iowa teen denied pre-trial release

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DALLAS COUNTY, Iowa (KCCI) - The adoptive grandmother charged in the starvation of a Perry teenager learned Friday that she would not be allowed to leave jail for medical reasons.

Judge Terry Rickers denied Carla Bousman’s request to go home due to medical reasons during a pretrial hearing.

Rickers said Bousman lacked sufficient evidence showing her release is required for sufficient medical care.

Bousman is charged with three counts of aiding and abetting first-degree kidnapping, one count of aiding and abetting child endangerment causing death and one count of obstructing prosecution or defense in the death of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray.

Justin Ray, Sabrina's Ray’s adoptive brother, was supposed to have a pretrial hearing Friday. That hearing is rescheduled for September.

He is charged with two felony counts of willful injury and two felony counts of child endangerment.

County attorneys said they are continuing to collect interviews, police video and reports connected to Sabrina Ray's death.

Sabrina Ray’s autopsy reports are expected to be completed sometime next week.

In total, five relatives have been charged in connection with Sabrina Ray's death.

The amount of discovery for the case is pushing all five trials back. They are tentatively scheduled for October 30.