Abuse Suspects Play The Blame Game In Jailhouse Interview

Three of four people arrested for allegedly holding a Perry County woman against her will and abusing her for months tell their sides of the story.

From the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Perry County, a mother and daughter-in-law blame each other and reveal why it all happened.

Charlotte Crawford and Penny Ford seemed to be in agreement at first. They both claimed Donna Hicks was not physically abused and never held against her will. They said she even left the house several times to go to the store and to pick up medicine. But when drugs were brought up, their story took separate turns.

"That woman was kept there because of the pills she got every month and the checks she drawed and she's got a lawsuit pending and that's exactly why the woman was kept there," said Ford.

"They got it. I'll take a lie detector test. They got her pills every month, cause I got my own," Crawford said.

Kentucky State Police say they found Donna Hicks restrained in a utility closet, starved and beaten from head to toe.

"She came and stayed with me for a few days one time and told me she was depressed and that she was tired of Charlotte being mean to her and cussing her all the time," Ford said.

"She had bruises but I don't know who did it because I didn't see it," Crawford said.

Charlotte Crawford says she and Donna Hicks used to be next door neighbors, but let Hicks move into her new home, to protect her from an ex-boyfriend. Crawford's son, who lives just one mile away, says Hicks used to stay with him and his wife, Penny, but claims they're innocent.

"If my mom done this and my step-dad done this, they need to be punished, but I didn't do this and I know my wife didn't do this," Billy Crawford said.

Billy Williams decided not to tell his side of the story.

All of their bonds are now at $50,000 cash except for Penny Ford. Her bond is now $10,000 cash.

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  • by Susan Location: BC on Dec 13, 2007 at 01:39 AM
    Donny can spell, he just types with one finger and goes too fast but I can read everything he says and for those of you who feel they need to make fun of the less fortunate, shame on you. Donny can count money very well and with a mine and 14 rigs, I'd say he's doing a lot better than most of you!! If you ever need a job, he would still be a forgiving man and hire you, whereas, I would spit in your face and so don't bite the hands that might feed you some day. As for Joey, if you have no comments to make on the story itself,which the comment section is for, then best you keep your mouth shut!!
  • by johnny Location: harlan ky on Dec 4, 2007 at 04:59 AM
    we should not call people hicks because they are from eastern ky.or can not spell every word right.i am not good at spelling.but we are as good as people from lexington. so watch what you call other people,we see more crime from lexington than we do from eastern ky but i will not call you all names.i was taught better than that. so have a good day
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Dec 3, 2007 at 09:34 PM
    I sure hope the press stays with this one. No doubt it will be more exciting than Big Time Wrestling. Is there a fund available to help the victim? Something should be done by ALL OF US to show her that good people still exist. The whole thing is a shame. Maybe we should turn them loose to let them waller with the hogs that I imagine live under the house.
  • by Papaw Location: East of 75, south of 64 on Dec 3, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    Donny, I don't think putting THESE people down for having no teeth is the same as putting down other people simply out of spite. Others have already mentioned that pillheads (which obviously this crowd is) will go get teeth pulled just for the pain medication. Then, there's always meth to make your teeth fall out of your head, and it seems like every day is another story about a meth lab in EKY. Odds are these people are toothless by choice, not circumstance. Another thing, Donny...Don't worry about your English because between pop culture and immigration, proper English will be a thing of the past. Earwig, thanks for the endorsement, but I just lost the younger generation's vote plus the support of the illegal immigrant community in that last rant!
  • by J Location: Kentucky on Dec 3, 2007 at 10:53 AM
    AMEN, Popaw, AMEN...
  • by Joey Location: KY on Dec 3, 2007 at 05:22 AM
    for donny...you are totally wrong. You say you can't spell that good; actually, you can't spell at all. Hey Fred, it either a Dentucream Ad or a Hee Haw reunion.
  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Dec 2, 2007 at 10:22 PM
    Papaw, I like your points..maybe you should run for governor next time.
  • by donny Location: ky on Dec 2, 2007 at 07:22 PM
    english im am not there family its just makes me sick to see some one put another down for having no teeth..i dont like to see people made fun off. i hate drug heads drunks or people that make fun of others. and for the truth. i cant spell that good but i dont make fun of people.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 2, 2007 at 06:45 PM
    Is this a lineup or a Dentucream Ad?
  • by Papaw Location: East of 75, south of 64 on Dec 2, 2007 at 03:43 PM
    Hmmm....wonder why the entire country makes fun of Kentucky? Stereotypes exist for a reason, usually that there's a little truth in them. Toothless and uneducated pillheads on the draw abusing someone for their prescription and check is no big surprise to anyone, is it? Maybe aside from the obvious penalties they need to pay for abusing a fellow human being, these clowns should be tried for perpetuating an image that has haunted our lovely region and stunted economic growth for decades.


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