Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kentucky Supreme Court rules in adoption case

(AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has set aside a couple's conviction in a case delving into accepting living expenses from two sets of prospective adoptive parents.

The case stems from the conditional guilty pleas of Michael and Janie Young to theft by deception over $10,000 in Lawrence County.

The state's high court said Thursday that only one set of prospective adoptive parents was listed as a victim in the indictment, and that they paid less than $10,000 to the Youngs for prenatal and other expenses.

After the child's birth, the Youngs indicated they did not want to proceed with the adoption.

The Youngs argued it was improper to add the amounts paid by both sets of prospective adoptive parents to upgrade the charge.


The case delved into an issue that's drawn little appellate review.