5 charged with disabled abuse appear in court

SAN JOSE, Calif.

Suspects George Dac Nguyen, Jennifer Ngo and Charles Nguyen were placed into custody after a judge increased their bail to $500,000 during their court appearance in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Monday.

The three had been released after each posted $10,000 bail.

Prosecutor Charles Huang says he believe a fourth suspect, Margaret Ngo, also scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon, will receive a similar fate. A fifth suspect, Kathy Le, awaits further prosecution.

The five relatives were charged earlier this month with felony dependent-abuse and animal neglect. They each could spend up to 18 years in prison if convicted.

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