Thursday, May 16, 2002 | 11:13 a.m.
A $12 million federal lawsuit filed by a local woman who alleged that she and her three children were locked in a North Las Vegas holding cell for several hours has been dismissed.
U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks dismissed the case against the city of North Las Vegas and bailiff Edna Y. Roberts, finding that the three children, ages 6, 3 and 1, were with their mother in a cell for about 30 minutes.
According to court documents, the children began to cry when their mother, Lakeisha Nicole Miller, was arrested for outstanding warrants as she tried to take care of some traffic violations during a holiday amnesty period.
Roberts decided to keep the children with their mother until arrangements could be made for them to be picked up, instead of leaving the children unattended. The door of the cell was open for part of the time that the children were there, and they walked in and out, according to court documents.