A woman is accused of keeping four children locked in a dirty flat with little food.
Nicole Stewart faces three charges which span between November 19, 2020, and October 10 this year at a flat in South Lanarkshire.
Prosecutors allege the 32-year-old did “wilfully expose” the youngsters in a manner which could cause them “unnecessary suffering”.
It includes claims they were left in the flat unsupervised and with a Pit Bull Terrier “for an extended period of time”.
She allegedly left them without a key to unlock doors and with insufficient “suitable food and drinks to eat”.
The charges describe the children as “unclean” and without proper clothes in a flat which had decaying food in open bin bags as well as mould on plates.
It is further said plugged-in hair appliances, knives, scissors and cleaning products were left within reach of the youngsters.
One of the charges claims a fifth child was left in a dirty and “unsafe” cot in a room which had not been adequately cleaned.
Stewart made no plea to the allegations under the Children and Young Persons Act during a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
The case was continued until the New Year.
Stewart, of Rutherglen, near Glasgow, is on bail.