UPDATE: Trial set for Accomack Co. woman accused of caging kids, forcing them to live in filth

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. - A trial date has been set for an Accomack County woman, who is accused of keeping two of her five children caged in cribs and forcing them all to live in filth.

According to the Accomack County Commonwealth Attorney, Malista Ness Hopkins will face trial on April 25 at 9:30 AM, in Accomack County Circuit Court.

Hopkins was indicted on October 2 on five counts of abuse and neglect of a child. Hopkins allegedly kept her house full of trash and had plates of rotting food in the sink and bathtub. A social worker testified saying that they first received complaints about Hopkins in late July.

Hopkins reportedly told the social worker that she confined the children because she was having a hard time. She is currently out on bond.

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