JUST IN: State officials recommend denying parole to Evangeline Combs in 2000 abuse case
A prison spokesperson says a state board will recommend denying parole to a Sullivan County woman currently serving time for a child abuse case that made national headlines in the late 1990s.
Thursday was Evangeline Combs’ first parole hearing since her 65-year prison sentence was issued in 2000 for aggravated child abuse. Prosecutors said Evangeline and husband Baptist pastor Joe Combs repeatedly tortured and abused a girl they adopted and later trained to be a servant.
The Tennessee Board of Parole will make a formal decision on Evangeline Combs’ parole in the coming weeks, the spokesperson told SuperTalk.
(PHOTO: Pictured is West Tennessee State Penitentiary (TDOC). This is where Evangeline Combs is serving her 65-year sentence for child abuse. She and her husband were convicted in 2000 in Sullivan County for beating, torturing, and raping their adopted daughter.)