31 Jan

Others — including the missing teen's mother, Chessie Wood, and two aunts — await trial.

Chessie Wood denies committing any crime, but says some of her closest relatives are guilty of abusing children, including of abusing her daughter. 2 thing is to get all these sick (people) off the streets," she said.

"There are innocent people in this and there are guilty people in this," Wood, 39, said in an interview. Authorities are making plea-bargain offers and getting ready for more trials, but questions persist.

Brittney Wood isn't the alleged victim in any of the cases filed so far; each involved other young people, mostly within her family.

But the investigation mushroomed only after she was reported missing and her uncle Donnie had died.

Holland was scheduled to be questioned about allegations of sexual abuse the very day he was found in the car on an isolated dirt road.Wood's cellphone battery was in the vehicle with Holland, but there was no sign of the teen.A relative reported Holland for allegedly abusing one of the family girls in February 2012, authorities said, and word spread through the clan.Private Facebook messages provided to The Associated Press by Stephanie Hanke, Brittney Wood's stepmother, show that a female relative informed Wood about being raped by three male relatives on May 27, just three days before Wood vanished."I don't know how the judicial system is going to figure it all out because they're not the sharpest tools in the shed." Chessie Wood, accused of having sex with a young female relative, said she had no idea what was going on in the family until after her daughter's disappearance. Perhaps most troubling, why didn't child welfare workers pursue charges following what prosecutors describe as multiple complaints about sexual abuse within the family going back at least six years?"You'd be surprised how many of them had prior allegations.Authorities believe group sex and child sexual abuse went on for three generations in two families that merged when Holland married Wendy Wood, Chessie Woods' sister. He'd say, 'I've got this child and this adult, come on over,'" said Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Nicki Patterson.