A west Alabama couple has been indicted on a combined 39 criminal charges in the alleged sexual and physical abuse of their two young children.
The indictments against Kersey Hinton, 40, and Matthew Hinton, 33, both of Moundville, were issued in April and made public Friday. The husband and wife were initially arrested in July 2020.
Charging documents allege one of the children, a boy under of the age of 6, had food withheld from him, was not allowed to use the bathroom when needed and was forced to stand in one place for lengthy periods of time.
Kersey Hinton, according to records, is accused of trying to have sex with one of the young male victims as well as watching pornography with him in bed and sexually assaulting him.
The indictments indicate the suspects committed the crimes against both Kersey Hinton’s biological child and Matthew Hinton’s biological child. Each was a stepparent to the other child. The case was investigated by the Hale County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Fourth Judicial Task Force.
Kersey Hinton is charged with 26 crimes: nine counts of first or second-degree rape, three counts of sodomy, four counts of sexual abuse of child, five counts of child abuse and five counts of aggravated child abuse.
Matthew Hinton is charged with 13 crimes: six counts of sodomy, three counts of sex abuse of a child, two counts of child abuse and two counts of aggravated child abuse. The sexual crimes against the children include sexual intercourse and deviate sexual intercourse.
Hale County District Attorney Michael Jackson said the children are in the custody of DHR. Jackson on Friday said Matthew Hinton tried to run out of the Hale County courthouse before authorities could serve him with the warrants, but said he was captured by deputies before he could make his escape.
They will be arraigned in Hale County Circuit Court in the upcoming months.