Jailed Texan accused of locking daughter in closet

January 21, 2011 6:00:37 AM PST
A Brownsville woman accused of keeping her 12-year-old daughter locked in a closet, except for school or using the bathroom, is accused of failing to appear in court. Leticia Ines was in the Cameron County Jail on Friday on charges of injury to a child, unlawful restraint and revoked bond.

Her underdeveloped and malnourished daughter was placed in foster care a year ago after a relative reported the alleged abuse.

Judge Leonel Alejandro on Thursday ordered the 41-year-old mother arrested when she failed to appear at a court hearing.

The Brownsville Herald reports defense attorney Alfredo Padilla on Wednesday told the judge that he had tried to contact Ines by telephone, but her line was disconnected.