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Grandma enters not-guilty plea

The second half of a South Kitsap couple accused of hog-tying two young children in their home was charged in Kitsap County Superior Court Wednesday as Judith Mann’s lawyer no longer seemed concerned that his client might not be competent to stand trial.

In court, defense attorney Roger Hunko made no mention of the week-long delay he requested of Judge Sally Olsen last week to determine the competency of Mann, 61, who was arrested earlier this month with her husband, Larry Lee Mann, 66, for allegedly tying up two of their adopted grandchildren.

Instead, Hunko entered a plea of not-guilty on behalf of Mann to both charges, one count of assault of a child in the second degree and one count of unlawful imprisonment. Both charges were enhanced with domestic violence allegations.

No discussion was held regarding Mann’s bail, which remains at $100,000. Her next court appearance will be an omnibus hearing July 20, with a trial date of Aug. 15.

Mann’s husband also remains in custody on $100,000 bail after pleading guilty to the same charges last week.

Both defendants were arrested June 11 after a thin and disheveled 10-year-old boy in pajamas was found walking barefoot on the Manns’ street around 4:30 a.m. that day, claiming to have escaped their house after having been tied up for several days, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies entered the home, they discovered the boy’s 7-year-old sister hog-tied — her ankles and wrists bound with plastic zip-ties — on a mattress. They also found a third child, reportedly the 11-year-old son of Judith Mann’s son James Vance, who was not tied up but appeared malnourished.

According to Vance, his son and the other two children share the same mother, but custody of all three was granted to his mother and stepfather.

The second-degree assault charges carry a maximum of ten years in prison, while unlawful imprisonment carries a maximum sentence of five years.

Larry Mann’s trial is scheduled for Aug. 8, and his next court appearance will be an omnibus hearing on July 13.

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