Mom accused of abandoning 2 young children appears in court

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A mother accused of abandoning her two young children at a Cleveland shelter appeared in court Friday.

Alisha Houston, 31,  pleaded not guilty to two charges of child endangering in Cleveland Municipal Court. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Houston is accused of going to the Salvation Army Harbor Light Facility around 2 a.m. May 28 with her 1-year-old son and 3-week-old daughter. They were given a room, but when officials checked on them at around 9 a.m., the mother was gone.

She was located in Worthington, Ohio, two days later.

Houston’s bond was set at $5,000, and she is being held for a psychiatric evaluation, according to court documents. Her next hearing was set for 10 a.m.

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