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Death penalty a possibility for couple charged in child's death

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Residents in Rhea County are calling for the ultimate punishment for a couple accused of child abuse.

Jessica Robbins and Bradley Adcox are charged in the death of Robbins' 5-year-old-son, Landon.  Both are facing first-degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse charges. 

Landon was found dead in his Spring City home in August.

Investigators say Robbins admitted the couple forced Landon to drink liquid soap and eat cigarette butts as punishment for not going to sleep.

District Attorney Mike Taylor tells our partners at the Times Free Press, he's received at least a dozen calls for people supporting prosecution for Robbins and Adcox.

Landon's grandfather Jerry Wells is among those calling for the death penalty.

Taylor says it's been at least 20 years since the death penalty has been sought in Rhea County,  but he hasn't ruled it out in this case.

Robbins and Adcox are scheduled to appear in court again on January 3rd.

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