Parents accused of starving teen daughter plead not guilty

A March trial has been scheduled for the parents of an emaciated West Des Moines teenager who died in October.

Nicole Finn and Joseph Finn Jr. pleaded not guilty at a hearing Monday. Both are charged with kidnapping, two counts of child endangerment and one of neglect of abandonment of a dependent person. Nicole Finn also is charged with first-degree murder. Some of the counts involve at least two other children. The Finns’ trial is set to begin March 27.

A medical examiner found that 16-year-old Natalie Finn died from denial of critical care. Prosecutors say in court documents that the girl was starved and tortured by her parents.