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.