By Natalie Johnson / firstname.lastname@example.org
A Centralia couple accused of driving across the country in an attempt to escape prison terms on child abuse charges will be held without bail pending sentencing.
Anthony Foxworth, 45, and Mary Foxworth, 43, made their first appearances Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court following their arrest in South Carolina after they fled their sentencing on first-degree criminal mistreatment charges. They were extradited back to Washington and booked into the Lewis County Jail last week.
Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke ordered them held without bail pending the rescheduling of their sentencings, in accordance with a request from the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.
“Now that you’ve been convicted and have violated the conditions of your release, you no longer have a constitutional right to bail,” O’Rourke told the defendants.
The defendants are entitled to be sentenced within 40 days, according to court rules.
Mary Foxworth waived her right to speedy sentencing Wednesday. Anthony Foxworth did not, and is due back in court for a review hearing Dec. 21.
The couple also pleaded not guilty Wednesday to one new charge each of bail jumping with an aggravating factor alleging that “the offense involved a destructive and foreseeable impact on persons other than the victim.”
Bail jumping is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
The Foxworths pleaded guilty in October one count each of first-degree criminal mistreatment. They were charged in 2016, about a year after their then-16-year-old son was found weighing 54 pounds with neglect-related medical conditions. He was hospitalized for several weeks and placed into foster care, as were two other children in the Foxworths’ care.
Both were scheduled on Nov. 1 to be sentenced to a Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office-recommended sentence of 51 months, or about 4 years in prison. However, the Foxworths were out of police custody and never showed up for the hearing.
They were arrested several days later in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after police tracked them using bank cards and cellphone signals.