Vancouver mother pleads not guilty to stealing from blind son

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to stealing from her blind son in 2011.

Hazel E. Trent, 52, was charged with second-degree identity theft and second-degree possession of stolen property. She is accused of stealing her son's debit card and withdrawing more than $3,000.

She and her son, Michael Trent, appeared in 2012 on CBS' "Swift Justice with Jackie Glass" to resolve a civil suit the son filed related to the accusations. Glass awarded him $5,000 through a binding arbitration process.

The Clark County Sheriff's Department then investigated the accusations. She was booked into jail May 14 after a first court appearance the day before and released on her own recognizance.

She is scheduled to be tried on the criminal charges on July 31.