Woman to trial in adoptive abuse case; dad charged

SLOVAN, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to stand trial on charges she forced her adopted daughter to eat cat litter and started to sew the girl’s mouth shut.

Forty-six-year-old Rana Cooper told reporters, “I am a good mother, a very good mother,” after Thursday’s preliminary hearing.

Her husband, 51-year-old Richard Cooper, was arraigned on a charged of endangering the welfare of a child immediately after his wife’s hearing, for allegedly not intervening in some of the alleged abuse. Online court records don’t list an attorney for him and no one answered the family’s phone Friday.

The girl, now 16, testified she was abused because her mother considered her “embarrassing to the family,” which has seven sons.

All of the Cooper’s non-adult children have been removed from the home by Washington County officials.

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