Laurel County grandmother, husband charged in abuse of 12-year-old

Robert Douglas Smith
Robert Douglas Smith Laurel County jail

A Laurel County grandmother and her husband have been charged in the sexual abuse and punishment of a 12-year-old child, according to the sheriff’s office.

Robert Douglas Smith, 46, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse. His wife, Candice Bertha Smith, 60, is charged with second-degree criminal abuse, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office. Both are from London. They were arrested Tuesday.

Robert Smith, the child’s step-grandfather, is accused of showing pornography to the child on a cellphone, making inappropriate comments and inappropriately touching the child, according to the sheriff’s office.

When the child told her grandmother, Candice Smith, about what happened, Candice Smith locked the child out of the house, according to the sheriff’s office. The Smiths also are accused of failing to provide food and water for the child.

Candice and Robert Smith are being held in the Laurel County jail.