Accused child abuser takes the stand in own trial - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Accused child abuser takes the stand in own trial

A Taylor County mother accused of starving and locking her adopted daughter in a chicken coop took the stand in her own defense today in a child abuse trial about an hour east of Columbus in Butler, Georgia

Diana Franklin described her daughter today as a rebellious girl who lied and choked up at times while saying she did not lock her adopted daughter in a chicken coop, starve her, or use a shock collar on her.

Franklin repeatedly expressed wanting her adopted daughter to be eager to be a part of her family, as well as repeatedly citing alleged behavioral problems with the teen.

"She did not like being told what to do...she was having a very difficult time understanding," says Franklin.

The trial is scheduled to continue Friday morning with cross examination from prosecutors.

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