Pleas postponed in case of malnourished children

POSTED: 10:30 AM MST Nov 15, 2013 
DENVER -

A judge has postponed a hearing for a Denver couple to enter pleas on charges of child abuse for allegedly starving their four young sons and keeping them in a filthy apartment.

The judge gave no reason for the delay, which he announced in court Friday after a brief discussion with attorneys. Their comments weren't audible to others.
    
Sixty-six-year-old Wayne Sperling and 35-year-old Lorinda Bailey left the courtroom separately. Neither they nor their attorneys would comment.
    
Their next hearing is Thursday.
    
Sperling and Bailey each face four counts of felony child abuse.
    
The boys are 2, 4, 5 and 6. All have been placed in protective care.
    
An arrest warrant affidavit says hospital exams showed they could communicate only in grunts, were malnourished and were not toilet trained.