Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges of one count of first-degree criminal mistreatment and four counts of second-degree criminal mistreatment involving their five adopted children.
The Trebilcocks, both 44, of Longview are accused of starving the children, ages 9 through 13.
Over defense attorneys' objections, Superior Court Judge Gary Bashor signed an order barring the Trebilcocks from having any contact with their four adopted daughters or even coming near the foster home where they are staying.
Their adopted son, 13, does not want to see them and the Trebilcocks are abiding with his wish, said attorneys Thad Scudder and Kevin Blondin, but they said the daughters miss their adoptive parents.
"Getting these kids back to some sense of normalcy is more of a reassuring act the court could provide," Blondin said.
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"It shouldn't be up to the children," Prosecutor Sue Baur argued. "All children want to see their parents no matter how they're treated."
Baur said that she is also worried about the Trebilcocks "messing with the children's heads" before the trial.
"The children have been damaged enough," she said.
Bashor also allowed Scudder to withdraw as Rebecca Trebilcock's attorney due to a potential conflict with a proposed prosecution witness. Bashor appointed Mayrie Grim in Scudder's place and set the next court appearance for June 10.