Police Testify That Danville Couple Didn't Properly Feed Children

Charles and Virginia Holsinger appeared in Boyle District Court Tuesday for their preliminary hearing.

The testimony centered on claims that Charles and Virginia Holsinger didn't provide their children with enough food and that the fact that they forced their children to live with animals and animal waste. Police said when they showed up to investigate all of this, the parents did not cooperate.

“Given the current investigative state, we felt the children were in danger,” Det. Patrick McQueen testified during Tuesday’s preliminary hearing in Boyle District Court.

Three boys, ages 9 to 13, were found in one room.

“They were obviously malnourished,” Det. McQueen said.

Police even said the 9 and 12-year-olds told them that hunger was a common problem.

“That feeding at best was irregular. The 12-year-old said he would frequently have hunger that was not addressed. That he would bring it up and was told he could not have any more food,” McQueen said.

Police say they found one room of the house occupied by animals: 3 dogs, 3 chickens and hamsters.

“There was a statement made that as a form of punishment they were told to go to an area that smelled of urine,” McQueen said.

Under cross examination, there was talk of an accident that left the children with brain injuries and that they suffered from other medical conditions. Detective McQueen said the children were not deliberately starved, and often the 13-year-old child boy took care of the younger ones.

“Would be anywhere from sometimes a sandwich to an orange or an apple, particularly at breakfast. All claimed the older child made breakfast for them,” said Det. McQueen.

After agreeing to send the grand jury a lesser charge of criminal abuse second degree, the judge agreed to lower the Holsingers’ bond from $100,000 cash to $10,000 cash.


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  • by worried Location: nicholasville on Jul 3, 2008 at 08:57 AM
    I typed three statement about this and none of them can convey what I feel........so I don't know what to say. The thirteen year old is an awesome person and I wish he could read this......the smaller children are blessed. I pray for them all. God Bless
  • by caitlin crump Location: morehead on Jul 2, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    that is aful how could somebody do that!!!! that is so sweet of the 13 year old
  • by Darlene Location: KY on Jul 2, 2008 at 04:15 PM
    Slap them on the hand and give then the kids back! That is what they do. So Sad that these kids will never forget this. I know people who have lost the kids on nothing to do with abusing the child and still can't get the kids back. This is so sad!

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