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Mason City mom accused of leaving kids in feces room to face February trial in felony abandonment case

This news story was published on December 27, 2016.
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151 7th SW

MASON CITY – A Mason City mom accused of leaving her three children in a room smeared with feces will face a February trial in a felony abandonment case.

The incident began this summer.  On August 30, 2016, at 12:43 AM, Mason City police officers were dispatched to 151 7th Street SW to do a welfare check on 4 children. Neglect and unsanitary issues were allegedly going on in the house. 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, Alexis Rae Martinez (now 26-years-old), 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 remained in the Cerro Gordo county jail 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 was set for a pre-trial conference (possible plea deal) on November 29 and a jury trial on December 13.

A continuance in the case was granted and new court dates were set.  Martinez will now face a jury trial on February 14 and a pre-trial conference on January 31.

Martinez, Alexis Rae

Martinez, Alexis Rae

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6 Responses to Mason City mom accused of leaving kids in feces room to face February trial in felony abandonment case

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    By gosh you can afford Dish t.v. with 2 shown in the pics but yet you can’t afford cleaning products very strange I think!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Gross! DO NOT GIVE THIS WOMAN HER KIDS BACK! Poor children , nobody deserves to be treated like this. Sterilize her would be a punishment I would love to do it myself! How dare you treat innocent children this way!! Devil in disguise??

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 28, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Find the kids a new home and feed her to the hounds. A few years in a caring home, and those kids wont even remember this sh*tbag.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 28, 2016 at 9:51 am

    is that a huge herpe on your face?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 28, 2016 at 7:34 am

    These women continue to have children they don’t want just so they can collect more on their welfare and tax returns. Cut off their funding and they will stop having kids. They really don’t want them anyway.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    December 27, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    If she was home at the time, the kids weren’t abandoned, but they sure were neglected. I would think that she would have taken better care of her meal tickets. Hope she still doesn’t have the kids back, what a shame.