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Grahams Plead Not Guilty

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Town couple accused of improper care of their (then) 14-month-old twins pleaded not guilty in Oswego County Court today (Jan. 28).

The parents of six, Richard Graham, 28, and Katherine Graham, 26, have been free on bail since shortly after their arrests last August.

Sheriff’s deputies allege the couple didn’t provide proper care to the toddlers; they say the parents didn’t feed the twins enough.

The family contends the children were properly cared for. And, the parents took the twins to the doctor’s office when they noticed the babies were losing weight, Richard’s attorney, Tim Kirwan, said.

At the Grahams’ arraignment today, Oswego County Court Judge Walter Hafner read off the 10-count indictment against each of them.

Richard and Katherine, of 208 Furniss Station Road, appeared separately in front of the judge, each with their own lawyer.

Contained in the indictment against the Grahams are charges of: two counts of first-degree assault (a violent felony), two counts of third-degree assault (misdemeanors), two counts of reckless endangerment (felony), two counts of reckless endangerment (a misdemeanor), and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child (misdemeanor).

The couple pleaded not guilty.

Bail was continued at $5,000 for each of them.

The Grahams left the courthouse without making any comment.

They still have custody of four of their children while the twins, now 19-months-old, are in foster care.

They are to return to court on March 12.

Following a month-long, joint investigation between the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department and the Oswego County Department of Social Services Child Protection Unit, in early August 2009, sheriff’s investigators announced the arrest of the Oswego Town couple.

The investigation revealed that a lack of care was allegedly given to the twins over the course of the past year.