A North Las Vegas mother, who is accused of locking up her 4-year-old daughter in a bedroom and tying her to a bed, faced a judge for the first time. The judge set Laketha Moore's bail for $620,000. Her court appearance comes as appalling new details of her daughter's living conditions come to light.
According to the arrest report, Moore admitted to tying up her child because she's a single mother and didn't have a babysitter. She also told officers her daughter would ransack the house and was a picky eater. The report also reveals a long list of abuses.
Moore showed no emotion and stood still as a judge read off her charges for allegedly abusing and neglecting her 4-year-old child.
According to the arrest report, last Tuesday, personnel at the Loma Vista Apartments discovered the girl after they noticed a belt tying the bedroom and bathroom doorknobs together.
Inside the bedroom, they found a girl alone with no food or water. She told them she was very hungry and "mommy ties me up all the time."
She had dirty, matted hair, soiled underwear and numerous visible marks and bruises on her body and ankles. The list of her injuries filled up half a page of the arrest report.
Officers returned to the child's bedroom and found it filled with trash and filth. One of the most disturbing discoveries was a plastic bin near the bed that the child was forced to use as a toilet.
In the master bedroom, officers found empty bottles of alcohol. When police arrested Moore, the mother confessed to tying up her daughter when she left for work and church.
She also admitted to routinely beating her with a belt and striking her anywhere the belt would land. Sometimes it caused her to blackout.
The little girl would also hurt herself by wrapping shoelaces around her neck. A doctor reported the girl should heal from the physical scars and bruises to her body but the report doesn't say how long the emotional scars will last.
A day before Moore's arrest, an employee went inside the apartment because Moore was behind on her rent. The employee then noticed the doors tied together. It didn't sit well with her so she came back the next day and then she found the girl.
Moore faces 31 counts of child neglect for 31 days she admits to leaving her 4-year-old daughter home alone. Moore is due back in court next Friday.
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