Dollars' Court Appearance

A Florida couple accused of starving and beating five of their adopted children were denied bail at their initial court appearance on aggravated child abuse charges Sunday.

John and Linda Dollar were extradited from Southeastern Utah and arrived Saturday night at the Citrus County Jail.

The couple's attorney told the judge that the Dollars were unaware of the charges against them while they were in Utah and were returning to Florida when they were caught Feb. 4.

Authorities used the Dollars' cell phone usage records to track them down in Utah.

The prosecutor argued they were still a flight risk and urged Judge Mark Yerman to keep them jailed.

The judge agreed and denied bail at the end of the four-minute hearing.

More charges are pending against the couple who are accused of using a cattle prod on the five adoptive children, who also say they were beaten with a hammer and had their toenails yanked out with pliers.


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