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DAKOTA CITY -- A South Sioux City woman on Tuesday pleaded guilty to keeping her children in a dirty home.

Jessica Dailey, 30, entered her plea in Dakota County District Court to two counts of felony child abuse and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Sentencing was set for July 3. According to terms of a plea agreement filed Monday, the prosecution and defense will recommend that Dailey be jailed for 90 days, serve two years on probation, pay $1,000 in fines, complete a parenting course and obtain a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommendations for treatment.

Two counts of child abuse and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia will be dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Dailey was arrested in March after police found her children alone in a home filled with dirty clothes and dishes, drug paraphernalia and no fresh food.

The conditions were discovered after a South Sioux City police officer noticed a 6-year-old girl walking alone at East Ninth and B streets. While taking the child to her home in the 300 block of East 10th Street, the officer said in court documents that the girl told him that her mother had not come home, leaving the girl and her siblings, ages 9, 8 and 2, alone with her mother's friends.

No adults were at the home, and drug paraphernalia, including a pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine, was found in several rooms.

Police removed the children from the home and placed them in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.


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