Mom in court, custody hearing for children who nearly drowned

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A distraught father of one of the young girls who, prosecutors say, nearly drowned at the hands of her mother, left a Wyandotte County court room Friday morning in a case that's been sealed and information is sparse.

FOX 4's Rob Collins asked the father what went on since media was not allowed in. "You weren't allowed in because we don't want you guys to have any information yet -- we don't know what is going on," the man said.

A grandmother to one of the girls was also in court. She was at the scene Tuesday when authorities rushed to the Kansas City, Kan., home. Prosecutors say the mother, Johnna Green, called 911 after allegedly holding the girls under water until they were unresponsive.

John DeMarco, who represents Green, along with attorney Paul Morrison says he cannot comment on what happened in the custody hearing Friday morning.

But there was some good news.

"I think the girls are doing better which is making us all very happy. I think they are doing a lot better," DeMarco said.

At last check, both girls remain in protective police custody at the hospital. The state of Kansas is also in the mix to care for the children after filing to take custody of the children.

Meanwhile, Green appeared via video conference for about a minute Friday afternoon with a judge. She was wearing a green shirt and appeared stoic as she heard the charges against her. Green only spoke twice, saying "Yes, sir" and "thank you."

She remains in the Wyandotte County jail on a $1 million bond.

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