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FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Cd'A Mom Reaches Plea Deal in Child Abuse Case; WARNING GRAPHIC MATERIAL

COEUR d' ALENE, Idaho - The Coeur d'Alene mother of two girls found covered in feces and living in what is described as "the absolute worst living conditions a child could be subjected to" has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Elisabeth Crossley is expected to plead guilty to one of two counts of felony injury to a child after waiving her preliminary hearing. Prosecutors say they dismissed the second count for the plea. In exchange the prosecution won't object when Crossley asks the court to be released from jail without bond. The deal does not require Crossley to testify against her mother, Ruth Cassidy, the other plaintiff in this case.

Kootenai County prosecutor Barry McHugh says the sentence for only one count would not be much different than the sentence for both. McHugh stressed that it would be better to have the guaranteed conviction than run the risk of getting a not guilty verdict from a jury.

Ruth Cassidy is still facing two counts of felony injury to a child. Cassidy also waived her preliminary hearing on December 30th, and is awaiting trial in district court.

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