Foxworths Back in Lewis County; Hearings Scheduled for Wednesday

By The Chronicle

A Centralia couple arrested in South Carolina days after missing their sentencing hearings on charges that they neglected a child in their care for years are back in Lewis County after being extradited. 

Anthony S. Foxworth, 45, and Mary G. Foxworth, 43, were booked into the Lewis County Jail late Thursday night, according to jail logs. 

Both are scheduled to appear in Lewis County Superior Court Wednesday for review hearings. 

Both pleaded guilty in October to first-degree criminal mistreatment, nearly two years after their son was found, at 16 years old, weighing 54 pounds and with numerous health conditions caused by years of neglect, according to investigative reports. 

They each entered into plea agreements in which the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office planned to request sentences of 51 months, or about four years. 

Their sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 1, but the Foxworths didn’t show up. They were arrested several days later in a hotel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after being tracked through bank cards and cell phone signals.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told The Chronicle last week he believes the Foxworths’ actions to flee the state violated their plea agreement and could result in the prosecutor’s office seeking a longer sentence. He also said the couple could be charged with bail jumping, a felony that could also increase their sentences.