Thirty one year old Amanda Hodges from Jackson made an initial court appearance on Monday before Washington County Circuit Judge James Muehlbauer. Hodges appeared before Judge Muehbauer without an attorney. She said she was hoping to get a public defender to take her case. She is facing four charges of child neglect after police found her children, ages five thru thirteen, in an apartment littered with garbage, dirty clothes, empty pill bottles, a crack pipe and used needles. Judge Muehlbauer told Hodges if found guilty of child neglect, she could face up to nine months in prison on each charge and up to $40,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint, Jackson police were notified by the Washington County Human Services Department that it had received a referral alleging concerns about drug use by Hodges and that three of the children had been missing school for several days. When Police and a Human Services case worker went to her home on April tenth, they reported finding it “in complete disarray and extremely filthy” . There was garbage on the floor, old food in the kitchen, an overwhelming smell of rotten food, and a crack pipe with multiple needles. After speaking to her, Hodges was taken to the emergency room for a possible overdose. Her children were taken into protective custody and placed in out-of-home care. Hodges will be back in court June 16th at nine forty five am.