Judge will not separate child abuse cases

A West Knox County couple accused of beating, burning and handcuffing two teenage boys will not be tried separately.

Monday, a judge denied Jessica Cox and Kenneth McIntosh's request to separate their cases.

In May of 2013, the boys showed up at Farragut High School handcuffed together looking for help.

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The boys are McIntosh's biological sons. They say Cox, their stepmother, kept one of them handcuffed to a cabinet for hours without food, beat him and burned him with cigarettes.

A judge also changed the terms of Cox's bail, allowing her to see her biological children under supervised visitation. She still cannot have any contact with her stepsons.


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