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Mother of AMBER Alert girl pleads guilty to child endangerment

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CORALVILLE (AP) - The mother of a 10-year-old eastern Iowa girl whose abduction prompted an Amber Alert last month has pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor child endangerment charges.

44-year-old Shelly Johns entered a guilty plea April 21, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported.

Online court records show she originally entered a not guilty plea before withdrawing it last week.

An attorney for Johns declined to comment on the plea deal.

Criminal complaints allege Johns burned her daughter in the face with a cigarette, smacked and kicked her and pulled her hair. Police also claim she kept drugs inside the house where she lived with the girl and used them in her presence.

Her husband, 48-year-old Kenneth Johns, is accused of abducting the girl from a Solon home in early March.

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