Author Jim Newton
The mother of a 10-year-old Waukegan girl, who was allegedly confined for months in the basement of her home, is seeking visitation rights with her children while she is out on bond on child endangerment charges. Katherine Swopes, 49, has filed a motion asking the court to grant her time for visitation “between her and her minor children.”
Swopes is currently confined to a 24-hour curfew at her Waukegan home with a no-contact order in effect with regard to her children and her husband, who was also charged in the case.
Waukegan police said in July that the couple told investigators they believed the girl was possessed by a demon.
At a hearing Wednesday morning, Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti postponed the visitation issue until at least Dec. 5, when she scheduled another case management and hearing date.
Rossetti said she wanted to see if there were any developments in upcoming juvenile proceedings involving the Swopes’ minor children in November.
After Swopes and her husband, Randy, 48, were arrested, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services officials said the couple’s four minor children were taken into protective custody.
The daughter found in the basement was hospitalized and then placed into a foster home.
Both Randy and Katherine Swopes face charges of child endangerment and unlawful restraint, which carry potential prison terms of one to three years in prison or a probationary sentence upon conviction.
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