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NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -
Laketha Moore of North Las Vegas is behind bars for allegedly tying her 4-year-old daughter to a bedpost and leaving her alone for hours. She had little to eat and no access to a restroom.
"It's so sad to know the little girl is up there and she's hearing the neighbors coming and going," said Tamara Miles, who is Moore's neighbor. "She's hearing us. We can't do anything."
Miles said she can barely sleep after learning Moore was arrested for abusing and locking up her 4-year-old daughter.
Miles saw the girl only once in November with no signs of abuse. When Miles asked Moore about her daughter, Moore said the girl was in Los Angeles.
"I wish that maybe she would have screamed or something," said Miles. "I would have tried my best to investigate."
Police say the girl was helpless and tied to a bed by her ankle for as much as 12 hours a day, seven days a week since February. Police say she was also beaten by a belt.
Apartment management found the girl. According to Miles, Moore was getting evicted because she was behind on rent.
"For a parent or someone to abuse a child that young, that's a very ill parent," said family therapist Donna Wilburn.
Wilburn works with child abuse victims and worries the girl will likely have long-lasting psychological damage.
"At 4, she would absolutely be thinking this is how life is," said Wilburn. "This is normal. This must be how everyone lives."
"It's very heartbreaking," said Miles. "She is going to be scarred for awhile. I'm hoping there's somebody that's going to love her."
Moore is facing 31 felony counts of child abuse. Each count representing 31 days her daughter was allegedly locked up. It's not the first time she has faced charges.
In June of 2003, court records show Moore faced similar charges in Los Angeles, including child endangerment and two counts of inflicting "cruel or inhuman corporal punishment or an injury resulting in a traumatic condition."
Two of the charges were dropped a year after her arrest.
The child is with Child Protective Services. Police say if anyone has any suspicions of child abuse, don't hesitate to call the CPS Hotline at 702-399-0081.
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