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Abused twin infant girls recovering in hospital; conditions upgraded

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WALLBACK, West Virginia -

Two little baby girls are still fighting for their lives and the man accused of abusing them is out of jail.  "I really didn't think about it," said Tpr. Brian Young.  "I figured, if the family wanted him out bad enough, they'd come up with it."  Young is one of the investigating troopers on the case.

Young was referring to Richard Osborne's bond, which was originally set at $160,000. 

Young said the now 8-week-old twins are still recovering at Women's and Children's Hospital in Charleston.  He said the good news is they are out of the ICU and in their own room now.  On the other hand, doctors are determining the extent of the brain damage they sustained and are looking at the possibility of vision loss.

Young said, "You're still trying to figure out why or how that could've happened.  Yeah, that kind of, it hits deep."

We went to Osborne's home in Clay County.  A man came outside to tell us to leave.  After taking several photos of us, he went back inside the home.  In the meantime, troopers said they are pouring resources into this case.  "We're still interviewing people and trying to figure out who may or may not have had access to the children during this time frame," Young said.

He added, no matter how many calls law enforcement answer on a daily basis, cases like this one never become routine.  

Troopers said Osborne waived his right to an abuse and neglect hearing set for Wednesday.  His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Thursday, he waived his rights to that as well.