CATLETTSBURG An Ashland man charged with child abuse appeared in Boyd County Circuit Court on Friday for a pretrial conference.

Christopher M. Walters, 31, is charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12.

Walters appeared in court in front of Judge George Davis to discuss discovery before going to trial. Walters is represented by a public defender who asked that the case be reset until a later date, while the defense awaits evidence.

Boyd County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Gary Conn said that the office is awaiting reports from the Cabinent for Health and Family Services.

Davis reset the case until Oct. 18.

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