Woman accused of keeping kids in filth pleads not guilty

Alexis Martinez

MASON CITY, Iowa – A woman accused of keeping her children in a room covered with feces is pleading not guilty.

Alexis Martinez, 25, of Mason City, entered a written plea in Cerro Gordo County District Court on Tuesday to three counts of Neglect of a Dependent Person.

A trial is scheduled for December 13.

Prosecutors say she forced three children, all under the age of seven, to sleep for a week in August in a filthy room.  The walls and floor were allegedly covered in feces.

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