NEW DETAILS: Mother, Grandmother Held For Trial In Neglect Case - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

NEW DETAILS: Mother, Grandmother Held For Trial In Neglect Case

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The mother and grandmother accused of allowing twin girls to live in squalor have been bound over for trial in 1st District Court.

Elisabeth Crossley and her mother, Ruth Cassidy, are charged with two counts of felony injury to a child. They appeared in court Thursday before Magistrate Clark A. Peterson and waived their right to a preliminary hearing.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Crossley and Cassidy's defense attorneys said prosecutors have presented them with a pretrial settlement offer.

Crossley's 2-year-old daughters were taken from her after Coeur d'Alene police say the found the girls living in filthy conditions in early December. Officers said the smell of feces in the girls' room was overwhelming and the girls had it caked on their bodies. They also had bruises and open sores.
   
      
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