Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Parents of Slain Teen Face Child Abuse Charges; Ghastly Family Past Blamed for Girl Shooting Brother

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Parents of Slain Teen Face Child Abuse Charges; Ghastly Family Past Blamed for Girl Shooting Brother

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Byline: Derek Gilliam

The State Attorney's Office that covers Columbia County has officially filed two felony charges against the parents of a troubled teen who told authorities she shot and killed her brother after escaping captivity in her home, according to court documents.

Keith and Misty Kornegay were initially arrested Jan. 5 on a charge of child neglect after their children were home alone when 16-year-old Damien Kornegay was killed and his 15-year-old sister held responsible. An additional charge of child abuse was added Wednesday afternoon.

The parents are accused of locking the 15-year-old with just a bucket and a blanket in a room where she had previously been sexually molested by her uncle for long periods of time and failing to provide appropriate counseling services.

The uncle, Kevin Kornegay, lived next door. He is serving a life sentence for sexually abusing his niece. The abuse became known to authorities in December 2010 when the girl was 11, according to Sheriff's Office reports.

The reports indicate the sexual abuse could have been videotaped by her uncle for as long as 21 months. The girl told deputies he molested her for a "long time" before he began recording it. She and her brother also had been caught at least once having sex after the uncle had been arrested.

Then in January, the 15-year-old was locked in her room by the brother after both parents went long-haul trucking. It was common for Misty Kornegay to accompany Keith Kornegay when he went on the road for trucking jobs, the Sheriff's Office said.

The parents put Damien Kornegay in charge of his 3-, 11-, and 15-year-old sisters when they left and told him to lock the oldest sister in her room, according to the Sheriff's Office documents. She had the 11-year-old let her out of the room when Damien fell asleep. …

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