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Mother in Milwaukee Abuse Probe Released

February 1, 2006

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A woman who was arrested after police found three of her 14 children hiding in an abandoned house, claiming that she beat them, was released from jail Tuesday after prosecutors decided not to file charges against her.

``We looked at all the facts, and the facts at this point do not point to what was first being alleged,″ prosecutor Bob Donohoo said.

Neighbors rebutted some of the children’s abuse allegations, saying the woman appeared to be a good but overburdened mother who worked two jobs and relied on her older kids to baby-sit, authorities said.

Prosecutors could eventually file charges of some sort, Donohoo said.

The woman, 35, has 14 children ages 3 to 20 and is pregnant, authorities said. The eight youngest were put in protective custody Thursday, Donohoo said. Welfare officials had previously removed the six oldest children.

The three boys found in the abandoned house _ 9-year-old twins and a 6-year-old _ bore signs of physical abuse, authorities said last week after the woman’s arrest.

The woman had reported them missing Thursday, and a daughter directed police to the house. It had no heat, water or electricity, and feces and garbage covered the floor.

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