Mother of girl locked in closet goes on trial today

Alfredo Ines

The mother of a 12-year-old Brownsville girl allegedly locked in a closet except to attend school or use the bathroom faces trial on child abuse charges.

The trial of 40-year-old Leticia Ines was scheduled to begin Monday in Brownsville.

Ines, who was arrested in January, has pleaded not guilty to injury to a child and unlawful restraint.

Investigators say the girl was malnourished and would do her homework by light coming from beneath the closet door during a year of alleged abuse.

Child Protective Services took custody of the girl after one of her three brothers alerted school authorities.

The boys have been placed with relatives.

The woman's husband and girl's stepfather, Alfredo Ines, faces trial later on similar counts.