LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Defense attorneys in the trial of a Valencia County coupleaccused of abusing their children argued Monday that the allegedvictims are making up the allegations.
Sarah and Matthew Hepple are accused of tying up and starvingSarah Hepple's children.
Therapist Betsy Revard testified Monday morning that the kids, a14-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, suffer from reactiveattachment disorder.
Revard said symptoms of the disorder include lying, manipulatingand stealing.
The defense argued that the girl is responsible for the deepwounds and cuts on the children's arms and legs, but said she neversaw the girl hurt herself or others.
Prosecutors questioned Revard about allegations of abuse by thegrandparents. She testified that Sarah Hepple apparently forced herdaughter to make up those allegations.
Last week, Sarah Hepple's sister testified that she never sawany signs of mental disorders in the two kids.
Also, the kids testified they were forced to eat food out of thegarbage can.
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