NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- A southern Nevada woman accused of tying her 4-year-old daughter to a bed and locking her in a room for up to 12 hours a day made an initial appearance before a judge Friday on multiple child abuse and neglect charges.
Laketha Moore, 36, kept her eyes downcast and said nothing as she stood in shackles and an orange jail jumpsuit before North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro-Tem Eugene Martin.
The judge told Moore that she faces two child abuse and 31 child neglect charges, but that formal charges had not been filed. Martin ruled there was probable cause to keep Moore jailed for up to a week on $620,000 bail.
A deputy public defender, Xiomara Ferrera, met for the first time with Moore and said outside court that she hadn't seen the evidence in the case. But she said Moore planned to fight the charges.
Moore also faces an eviction hearing Tuesday in a separate court action, a court clerk said.
Moore was arrested Tuesday after apartment managers entered the unit where Moore lived alone with the girl and found a string stretched from the knob of a closed bedroom door to a bathroom door across the hall, North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon said.
Investigators reported that the girl had been tied to the bed by her ankle every day for at least a month, for as much as 10 to 12 hours a day.
Coon said the girl was left with little to eat or drink and a plastic bucket to use as a bathroom while the mother was at work or at church.
Evidence also suggested the girl had been beaten with a belt during that same period, police said.
The child was treated for minor injuries at University Medical Center in Las Vegas and turned over to Clark County Child Protective Services officials.