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Mother given maximum sentence for keeping child in filthy basement


Friday there was some justice for a 9-year-old girl who was locked in a filthy basement in Kansas City, MO.

The details released in court are disturbing and emotions were running high, so much so that KCTV5's crew even got caught in the crosshairs.

As she walked into the courtroom, the mother of 28-year-old Lacey Chaney got rough with KCTV5's crew standing outside, even going so far as pushing the photographer's camera.

Inside, pictures flashed showing the dank basement where a 9-year-old girl was forced to live inside a house on Hazel Street in Kansas City.

"There are buckets of paint, here's mold on the walls. The basement was full of spider webs and spiders," said Jackson County Sheriff's Department Detective Penny Cole.

Cole detailed what she saw in the house of horrors, including a Tinkerbell blanket that smelled so bad they couldn't even bring it into court.

"The purple item is her Tinkerbell blanket that she slept on, that she said she took outside to cover herself when she urinated and defecated outside the house," Cole said as a picture of a pile of items found in the basement came up on the screen.

Chaney and her boyfriend - the girl's father - made the child use the bathroom outside in the backyard.

Even the family dog was treated better.

"She had gone up the stairs, opened the door, which had the chain on it, enough to get her hand through to pet the dog, which was loose upstairs in the residence while she was locked in the basement. And in doing so she had broken the chain on the door while trying to pet the dog," Cole said.

A judge sentenced Chaney to the maximum seven years in prison for the horrifying crimes.

The girl's father, Timothy Phillips, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child. He'll be sentenced in June.

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