Trial begins for Kansas City mother of girl left in closet

3 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Monday, November 16 2015 Nov 16, 2015 Monday, November 16, 2015 9:47:26 AM CST November 16, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City woman whose emaciated daughter was rescued from a closet in 2012 goes on trial this week for felony child abuse and assault charges.

Jury selection began Monday for the woman, who is charged with first-degree assault, child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

The Associated Press is not naming the mother to protect the girl's identity.

The girl, who was 10 at the time, weighed just 32 pounds when she was found in a filthy closet in the family's Kansas City apartment in June 2012.

She told police that her mom often locked her in the closet for days at a time. She also said she wasn't allowed to go outside and hadn't attended school in the five years before she was found.

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