MEARS, Va. — Authorities in Virginia say a woman kept two of her five children in makeshift cages and that all of them lived in filth.

The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, reported Monday that Malista Ness-Hopkins faces charges of abuse and neglect. The 38-year-old lives in Mears.

Investigators said the Eastern Shore home was filled with trash, rotting food and fleas. The children suffered from bug bites.

A social services worker told a judge at preliminary hearing Friday that two children were caged inside cribs. Rails from other cribs were screwed on top.

The worker said a 2-year-old inside one made animal sounds. A 3-year-old was found in another.

The children were removed from the home when they were discovered. The judge on Friday sent the case to a grand jury.

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