NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The Nebraska mother of two boys that police found locked in a dog kennel will serve two years of probation after pleading no contest to felony child abuse.
The North Platte Telegraph reported that 23-year-old Ashly Clark changed her plea on Monday as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Several other charges were dropped.
Prosecutors made deals with Clark and other defendants in the case after a judge ruled that some of what they told investigators could not be used as evidence.
Police say they found Clark’s two boys, ages 3 and 5 at the time, sleeping in a wired-shut kennel Oct. 24 inside a filthy trailer home littered with trash and feces.
Police were following up on a tip that four children in the home were living in an unsafe environment.
Police say Clark told officers she put the boys in the 30-by-42-inch kennel at night to keep them from climbing out of a window.
Neither Clark’s attorney nor Lincoln County prosecutors responded immediately to messages about the case Tuesday.
Last week, 22-year-old Lacy Beyer and 26-year-old Bryson Eyten pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of child abuse and false imprisonment, and they received one year of probation.
Similar charges are pending against 25-year-old Samantha Eyten, who is due in court July 12.
Clark’s two boys and two children belonging to the Eytens have been placed in state protective custody.