Barring any further delays, the trial of Malista Ness Hopkins is due to get underway in Accomack County Circuit Court Wednesday . Ness-Hopkins is charged with five counts of child abuse and neglect after social services workers found five children in her home last July. Two of the children ages 2 and 3 were in a makeshift cage from which they couldn’t escape. Another child was in a crib and two others were found on a mattress on the floor of a bedroom. All of the children had multiple bug bites and were infested with lice. They also had dirty diapers.
According to testimony in a preliminary hearing in September, Kate Bonniwell, the Accomack County Social Services worker that visited the home on July 28, 2017 after a complaint was made said the entire house was filthy and smelled like urine.
The trial is scheduled to get underway in Accomack County Circuit Court Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m.