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Couple indicted on child-abuse charges

A Calloway County grand jury indicted two people facing multiple felony charges connected with the abuse of children in their home outside of Murray.

Derek Chandler and Carol Elizabeth Erwin were indicted on charges including complicity to first-degree assault, first-degree and second-degree criminal abuse, and intimidating a participant in a legal process.

The indictment alleges that the couple, over a year-long period, inflicted or allowed serious physical injury, torture, or cruel confinement to children younger than 12, according to a news release issued Monday by Attorney General Jack Conway and his special prosecutions division.

Conway's release says Chandler and Erwin also are accused of threatening other children in the household to keep them from reporting the abuse. The couple could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

The children have been removed from the home, according to Conway's office.

The indictment comes after a two-month joint criminal investigation by the Calloway County Sheriff's Office, employees of Child Protective Services, the University of Louisville's Forensic Medicine Program and prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General's Special Prosecutions Division.

Erwin is being held on a $50,000 bond. Chandler is being held on a $35,000 bond.

The two will appear in court on Jan. 26.