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Woman accused of leaving kids in feces room posts $3,000 bond, says she’s not guilty

This news story was published on October 5, 2016.
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151 7th SW

MASON CITY – A woman accused of leaving her three children in a room smeared with feces has been released from jail after posting $3,000 bond and says she’s not guilty.

Mason City police tell NIT that on August 30, 2016, at 12:43 AM, officers were dispatched to 151 7th Street SW to do a welfare check on 4 children. Neglect and unsanitary issues were alleged. Officers responded and witnessed a putrid odor while standing outside the house. Officers verified there were 3 young children locked in a small bedroom with little ventilation. The children had allegedly been locked in the room for a long time, apparently without access to a bathroom or anyone changing their diapers. Suspected human feces was evident throughout the small room on the floors and walls. A 4th, youngest child was in a playpen in a different room in the house.

151 7th SW

151 7th SW

Police say the mother of the children, 25-year-old Alexis Rae Martinez, was home and cooperative.

Officers contacted Department of Human Services (DHS) from the scene. DHS employees declined to respond. Officers refused to allow the children to remain there. Officers contacted family relatives and made arrangements to have the children go to a relative’s residence until DHS would get involved and oversee decisions on long-term living arrangements. Police also notified the City rental inspector later that morning. The house was white-tagged at approximately 9:30 AM that same morning due to health and safety issues.

County records show the house is owned by Dan and Jill Nonnweiler.

The investigating officer applied for an arrest warrant for Martinez after completing the investigation and that application was granted by a judge. Martinez was arrested on September 12, 2016 for three counts of Neglect or Abandonment of a Dependent Person (Class C Felonies) stemming from the incident.

Martinez has remained held in the Cerro Gordo county jail at this time on $30,000 cash bond (10%) as she awaited a court date. Records show that on September 26, Martinez posted $3,000 cash bond and was released from jail. On October 3, Martinez and her public defender submitted a plea of not-guilty to the three charges of abandonment. She now awaits a pre-trial conference (possible plea deal) set for November 29 and a jury trial set for December 13.

Martinez, Alexis Rae

Martinez, Alexis Rae

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8 Responses to Woman accused of leaving kids in feces room posts $3,000 bond, says she’s not guilty

  1. Lawsteward Reply Report comment

    October 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    …I could be wrong here…but these are pictures of 2 different houses…?

  2. WorthlessMom Reply Report comment

    October 5, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Some stupid nieve family member probably posted bond n allows this TRASH to walk around her bond should of been higher!! Hopefully never ever does she get these poor kids back.

    • High School Graduate Reply Report comment

      October 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Learn to spell the words you would like to use to berate people. Otherwise, you look like an idiot to the literate.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 5, 2016 at 5:02 pm

        Don’t give a shit about your opinion, snob.

      • WorthlessMom Reply Report comment

        October 5, 2016 at 8:03 pm

        Lol. Go read a book or crochet a blanket lame!!!

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    No way she should get out of this

  4. PABLO SWIFT Reply Report comment

    October 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    where the f**k did she get 3k, I’ll bet shes on every government program out there. OMFG