Couple convicted in adopted twins abuse case

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Vancouver, Wash., couple accused of abusing adopted twins have been convicted of most of the charges each faced.

The Columbian reports that Superior Court jurors on Friday afternoon convicted Jeffrey Weller on 14 of 15 charges related to felony child abuse. His wife, Sandra Weller, was convicted on nine of 10 counts.

The couple testified Thursday in their own defense, denying the charges.

The man and woman were accused of starving and beating the twins, adopted by Sandra Weller before her marriage to Jeffrey.

The boy and girl were removed from the home in 2011.

The now-17-year-old twins both testified. The girl said they were fed moldy food and she was beaten with a cable-style bicycle lock.

A doctor testified the girl has scars on her back and the boy had a broken bone that was never set after he said he was beaten with a board.

Testimony indicated both teens were malnourished but have since gained weight.

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