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Woman accused of keeping 4 sons in filthy Denver apartment pleads guilty to repeat child abuse

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    FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2013 file photo, Lorinda Bailey, left, arrives at court with her attorney Chelsea Reiss and a police escort at the Denver Justice Center, in Denver. Bailey pleaded guilty to a second offense of child abuse on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in exchange, six other counts are being dropped. Bailey and Wayne Sperling were accused of keeping their four boys, ages 2 to 6, in an apartment filled with cat feces and flies. When police found the children in October, they could communicate only in grunts, were malnourished and weren't toilet trained. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Oct. 8 2013 file photo, Lorinda Bailey shouts at members of the media after walking from the Denver Justice Center on the day of the first hearing in her felony child abuse case, in Denver. Bailey pleaded guilty to a second offense of child abuse on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in exchange, six other counts are being dropped. Bailey and Wayne Sperling were accused of keeping their four boys, ages 2 to 6, in an apartment filled with cat feces and flies. When police found the children in October, they could communicate only in grunts, were malnourished and weren't toilet trained. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) (The Associated Press)

A woman accused of neglecting her four sons in a filthy Denver apartment faces up to seven years in prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

Lorinda Bailey pleaded guilty to a second offense of child abuse Friday. In exchange, six other counts are being dropped.

Police say Bailey and the boy's father, Wayne Sperling, kept their sons in an apartment filled with cat feces and flies. When authorities found the children in October, they could communicate only in grunts, were malnourished and weren't toilet trained.

Bailey and Sperling previously lost custody of other children amid similar allegations.

Prosecutors say the case is among the most horrific they've seen, but child abuse laws kept them from pursuing harsher penalties because the children didn't suffer serious physical injuries.

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