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Oklahoma mom pleads guilty in caged girl case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma woman has pleaded guilty to child neglect after one of her children was found locked in a metal dog cage while two others were unattended and her husband was passed out on painkillers.

The woman faces up to five years in prison at sentencing. The woman’s husband has pleaded not guilty to child neglect and faces an Oct. 7 trial.

The Associated Press isn’t naming either parent to protect the children’s identities.

In an affidavit read Thursday, the mother admitted she “should have known” her husband likely would neglect the children. He had suffered a recent back injury and was taking powerful painkillers.

The woman’s attorney, Ed Lindsey, called the plea deal the best outcome for his client. A prosecutor was not immediately available to comment.

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