Texas mom on trial over girl allegedly in closet
POSTED: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 9:40am
UPDATED: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 3:48pm
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The mother of a 12-year-old
Brownsville girl allegedly locked in a closet except to attend
school or use the bathroom faces trial on child abuse charges.
The trial of 40-year-old Leticia Ines was scheduled to begin
Monday in Brownsville. Ines, who was arrested in January, has
pleaded not guilty to injury to a child and unlawful restraint.
Investigators say the girl was malnourished and would do her
homework by light coming from beneath the closet door during a year
of alleged abuse. Child Protective Services took custody of the
girl after one of her three brothers alerted school authorities.
The boys have been placed with relatives.
The woman's husband and girl's stepfather, Alfredo Ines, faces
trial later on similar counts.
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