A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is in effect for Lee County until 4am. A line of strong to severe thunderstorms -- containing gusty winds, heavy rain, thunder, & lightning -- is sliding east toward the Brazos Valley. Rain & storms are expected in the area through the pre-sunrise hours.
A couple from Riverside have pleaded not guilty in North Carolina in the death of a four-year-old boy police say was severely malnourished.
Richard and Amber Dowen are charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son in September 2005.
They entered their pleas Thursday and remain in custody.
Summer trial dates have been set.
Investigators said the child weighed less than 20 pounds when he was found unresponsive in the man's tractor-trailer rig. The average weight of a four-year-old is 35 to 40 pounds.
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