Woman pleads guilty in Denver child abuse case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) A woman accused of neglecting her four sons and keeping them in a filthy Denver apartment has reached a plea with prosecutors.

Lorinda Bailey pleaded guilty to a second offense of child abuse on Friday. In exchange, six other counts are being dropped.

Proceedings against the boys' father, Wayne Sperling, are on hold as he undergoes a mental health evaluation.

Bailey and Sperling were accused of keeping their four boys, ages 2 to 6, in an apartment filled with cat feces and flies. When police found the children in October, they could communicate only in grunts, were malnourished and weren't toilet trained.

They previously lost custody of other children amid similar allegations.


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