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NLV Woman Facing 31 Counts of Child Abuse

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas woman is under arrest on 31 felony counts of child abuse, after her daughter was found alone in their apartment.

According to North Las Vegas Police, 36-year-old Laketha Moore was arrested after her 4-year-old daughter was found locked in a her room in their apartment at 1200 West Cheyenne Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Apartment personnel found the girl and called police. She had multiple injuries, both old and new, to her head, neck, torso and legs, police said. The child was taken to University Medical Center for treatment. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.

"This is a heartbreaking case where a little girl ultimately has suffered for probably many months before it was actually brought to someone's attention," North Las Vegas Police officer Chrissie Coon said. "Luckily they did see something that they felt just wasn't right and they were able to bring it to law enforcement's attention."

The officers' preliminary investigation shows Moore left her daughter tied to the bed by her ankle and locked in a bedroom for several hours a day, five to seven days a week since February.

Moore would reportedly leave the apartment for as much as 10 to 12 hours a day, leaving the child alone. The police report said the girl was left with little to eat or drink. She also had no access to the bathroom.

Leslie Prickett said as a mother, she can't even begin to think of a situation where a child could be left like this.

"I'm wondering if she couldn't afford daycare or had to do it just when she was gone, or at work or whatever, but still that doesn't excuse it," Prickett said. "It's horrible, disgusting."

Police also said evidence suggests that the girl was also physically abused with a belt several times. Moore and her daughter lived alone in the apartment.

Investigators said they can only trace the abuse back to February, but fear it might have been going on much longer.

The girl is now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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