Madison County couple facing charges after kids abandoned

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A Madison County couple is facing a number of charges after police say they packed their bags and left their Richmond home without their kids.

Both appeared in court Wednesday morning. Melodie Massengale and Larry Gray are each charged with abandoning a minor and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

According to their arrest citations, the couple left Massengale's 14-year-old son and Gray's six-month-old son at their home on Big Hill Avenue in February. Police say the two took off in the middle of the night with their TV, an Xbox gaming system and a computer, among other things.

Police say there was no food in the refrigerator and no sheets on the beds. When the teenager woke up, he and the baby were able to get to their grandmother's house. The two parents were arrested in Lexington about a week later.

Both Massengale and Gray made a quick appearance in court Wednesday morning. Both waived their preliminary hearings. They're both in the Madison County Detention Center. The next step is for a grand jury to hear the couple's charges and choose whether or not to indict them.

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