CANTON, Miss. — A Madison County couple is in custody, accused of felony child abuse after the Department of Human Services did a welfare check at their home and found a severely malnourished 10-year-old boy.

Authorities say 32-year-old Latasha Leonard and 30-year-old Anthony Holiday each was arrested on a charge of felony child abuse and felony child neglect. Judge Marsha Stacey set bond Thursday at $500,000 for each charge, or $1 million total for each defendant. It was unknown if either is represented by an attorney.

The child is the eldest of the couple’s eight children.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/2jgSceq ) Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest says there are no immediate signs of abuse or malnutrition in the other children, the youngest of whom is just a few months old.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com