A 33-year-old Trenton woman and her 28-year-old boyfriend allegedly used shoelaces to restrain an 8-year-old girl, who begged police to take her away from her mother last week, according to reports.

Police were at Plesie Nichols' house in the 100 block of Logan Avenue on May 19 looking into a custody issue when they found the girl and three other children living among garbage, rotten food and rodents - dead and alive, according to reports.

The strings were used to tie the girl's arms to banisters and doorknobs. Police said the girl was severely malnourished and weighed only about 40 pounds.

The girl was admitted to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia.

Other children, a 4-year-old, a 1-year-old and a 7-month-old baby were also taken from the house, according to reports. The sex of those children was not disclosed.

Nichols and her boyfriend Anthony Roberson, face charges of aggravated assault and child endangerment.