Parents get 18-plus-year sentences for abusing adopted son

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — An attempted joint suicide delayed the process, but a couple found guilty of abusing their adopted 6-year-old son finally received their sentences Friday.

Randal Arnold was sentenced to 18 years in prison, and his wife, Christine, received a 22-year sentence. The two were found unresponsive in their home when family members went to pick them up for their first sentence hearing on June 18. They attempted to overdose on medication.

In gaining a felony conviction in May, prosecutors showed that the Arnold’s adopted son was “seriously underweight” and that photos showed “bruises, scars and nicks from belt lashings that marred the boy’s tiny back.”

The boy testified during the trial that he was “locked in his room and made to take cold showers as punishment.”