New details emerge in case of 7 kids kept locked in bedroom

The woman accused of keeping her seven adopted special needs children locked in a filthy room for years was set to be arraigned this afternoon on felony charges, but 43-year-old Paula Sinclair never faced a judge Monday.

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas -- The woman accused of keeping her seven adopted special needs children locked in a filthy room for years was set to be arraigned Monday afternoon on felony charges, but 43-year-old Paula Sinclair never faced a judge Monday.

Defense attorney Don Hecker reset her case until Feb. 23.

Investigators say Sinclair would not feed the children if they left the room. CPS removed the children in late November.

Right now Sinclair and her husband, 78-year-old Allen Richardson, are facing felony charges of kidnapping and injury to a child. They're being held on a $200,000 bond. Hecker plans to petition the court to reduce it.

Meanwhile the seven special needs children subjected to these grotesque conditions are doing well and in foster care together. Hecker says his client plans to enter a plea of not guilty.

"It's not good, but we're going to hang in there," Hecker said. "It's a terrible situation and hopefully things will get better."

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