Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson talks with her court-appointed attorney, Jake Matthews, during a hearing on her two aggravated child abuse charges. (Kirsten Fiscus/ The Anniston Star)

The case of a Piedmont woman charged with abusing her children was sent to grand jury on Thursday.

Nicole Ann Anderson, 30, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse on Jan. 4 in connection with cases involving her own children, according to court records. Anderson allegedly failed to nourish and failed to seek medical treatment for both of the children resulting in “serious physical injury” between Nov. 17 and Nov. 27, according to the arrest warrants.

Anderson appeared in court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing. During the hearing, District Judge Chris McIntyre appointed attorney Jake Mathews to represent the woman. Calhoun County Sheriff's Investigator Rachel Israel was called to testify to the facts of the case but Mathews instead decided to waive the hearing.

Mathews told McIntyre that the Calhoun County District Attorney’s Office approved Anderson’s release to a rehabilitation facility. Currently her bond is set at $20,000 cash for the two charges.

“I’ll work to find one that can take her,” Mathews said.

“Thank you,” Anderson said, turning to Assistant District Attorney Tim Burgess, red-faced with tears in her eyes. 

​Staff writer Kirsten Fiscus: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @kfiscus_star.