NORTH LAS VEGAS -- It started as a routine maintenance check at Loma Vista Apartments Monday.
First, a worker found a belt connecting the bathroom and bedroom doors.
When the worker went inside, a starving 4-year-old girl was discovered tied up and surrounded by filth.
"Laketha Moore was allegedly leaving her daughter tied to a bed in her bedroom, and locked in there for hours, 10 to 12 hours a day, five to seven days a week," North Las Vegas spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said.
According to the arrest report, the girl said she was hungry because "Mommy ties me up all the time."
Her injuries were repulsive and included a black eye, cuts on her nose, cheek, a bruised rib cage, back, ankles and matted hair.
"This is a heartbreaking case where a little girl ultimately has suffered for probably many months before it was actually brought to someone's attention," Coon said.