DAKOTA CITY | A South Sioux City woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of keeping her children in a home littered with rotten food and cockroaches.

Jennifer Corrin, 42, entered her plea Tuesday in Dakota County District Court to four counts of felony child abuse. A pretrial conference was scheduled for Oct. 31.

Corrin was arrested in July after police responding to a call at her home in the 300 block of First Avenue found her and her five children, ages 5-18, living in a home reeking of rotten food. Police observed cockroaches on the walls, old food containers, rotten food, pizza crusts, dog feces, piles of dirty clothes and open bags of trash throughout the house.

Officers found only a few pieces of inedible food inside the refrigerator and three small bags of macaroni in a cabinet.

The Nebraska Department of Human Services removed the children from the home for further placement.

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