UPDATE: Accomack County woman indicted for caging kids, forcing them to live in filth

Malista Ness Hopkins, 38, Accomack County

Officials say that 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, was indicted on Monday.

According to the Commonwealth Attorney's office, 38-year-old Malista Ness Hopkins was indicted on five counts of abuse and neglect of a child.

Authorities said that Hopkins' house was full of trash and that it had plates of rotting food in the sink and the bathtub. A social worker testified in the case that they first received complaints about Hopkins in late July.

Hopkins allegedly told the social worker that she confined the children because she was having a hard time.

Hopkins is currently out on bond.

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