Authorities say a New Jersey girl begged detectives to take her away from her mother whom she said tied her up and beat her.
Trenton police charged 33-year-old Plesie Nichols and her 28-year-old live-in boyfriend Anthony Roberson with aggravated assault and child endangerment.
The couple was also charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes. That was the rope and shoelaces that prosecutors say was used to tie the girl to a banister and doorknobs.
The mother and boyfriend are each held on $150,000 bail. It's not clear whether they've retained lawyers.
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Mercer County Sheriff's Officer William Osterman told The Times of Trenton the children lived with rotting food and rodent feces.
Authorities say the girl was taken to a hospital for treatment of sores caused from being tied up.