FAIRVIEW, Oklahoma -- Legal action is being taken to end the parental rights of a Fairview couple, who were convicted of abusing one of five girls they adopted from Liberia in 2005, a source within the legal community confirmed with News 9.
Ardee and Penny Tyler pleaded no contest to abusing the girl in December last year. The couple's biological son, Ashton Tyler, pleaded no contest to rape by instrumentation, and their biological daughter, Nathania Tyler, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of assault and battery.
A Major County judge came under fire in April after he allowed the abused girl's four sisters to remain in the home. Now the state attorney general's office and Major County prosecutors are working to terminate the couple's parental rights over the other four girls, according the source within the legal community.
The couple wants a jury to decide the case. A trial has been set for January 24.