- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 27, 2019

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A Mandan woman has been sentenced to two years of probation for neglecting children in her care.

Prosecutors say the three children, all under 8, were unsupervised in a dirty house where they had access to guns and knives. Twenty-six-year-old Hope Althoff pleaded guilty to three felony counts of child neglect Monday and misdemeanor animal neglect in South Central District Court.

The Bismarck Tribune says police were called to Althoff’s home in late June by neighbors who saw children playing unsupervised outside in dirty clothes. Police say a dog, a cat and an iguana were found in cages in poor condition. A judge also ordered Althoff to complete substance abuse evaluation and treatment.

A co-defendant in the case, Colby Ereth, is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on Tuesday.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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