Judith Leekin, 62, approaches the judge at the county courthouse in Fort Pierce, Fla., for a pre-trial hearing on Thursday morning, Aug. 16, 2007. Leekin is charged with abusing 11 adopted children and using them to line her pockets with $1.26 million in stipends she received to help care for them. Leekin allegedly handcuffed the children and tethered them together at night, forcing them to sleep on a cold tile floor and soil themselves because they weren't allowed to use the bathroom.

Photo by Matthew Ratajczak, AP photo

Judith Leekin, 62, approaches the judge at the county courthouse in Fort Pierce, Fla., for a pre-trial hearing on Thursday morning, Aug. 16, 2007. Leekin is charged with abusing 11 adopted children and using them to line her pockets with $1.26 million in stipends she received to help care for them. Leekin allegedly handcuffed the children and tethered them together at night, forcing them to sleep on a cold tile floor and soil themselves because they weren't allowed to use the bathroom.

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