MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Chessie Wood appeared before Judge Jay York Monday morning, July 1 to plead not guilty to her sex abuse charges.
Chessie Wood is the mother of Brittney Wood, who has been missing since May 2012.
Wood was recently arrested on two counts of sodomy and one count of sex abuse of a child under 12-years-old.
Investigators say the child was 10-years-old at the time of the alleged incident. The alleged victim is now 14-years-old.
Wood made her $65,000 bond on Friday, June 28. She told the judge she has hired an attorney. The judge set a preliminary hearing date for August 2013.
Wood's husband told FOX10 News he believes this is someone trying to retaliate against his wife and he believes it is most likely another family member.
Wood joins six other suspects including her son, brother and sister who are charged in an alleged child sex abuse ring spanning Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
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