Natalie Finn's brother testifies during his mother's murder trial

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The brother of a teen who starved to death last year said the home was in chaos.

Nicole Finn is on trial for first degree murder. She is accused in the death of her daughter Natalie Finn, who was 16 years old when she died in her West Des Moines home in October of last year.

Natalie's brother Nathan testified Wednesday, December 6. He is one of the four children the mom adopted from Iowa's foster care program. The court didn't allow recordings of his testimony. But he said his siblings misbehaved often and increasingly lost privileges, to the point of not having beds in their rooms. They would use their bedroom like a bathroom and at times refused to eat or bathe. The kids all had mental illness.

The jury also heard from a Department of Human Services worker. She said during an August 2016 visit, the house was dirty and the kids told her they didn't take showers because they wanted attention.

"She stated to me 'i can't supervise the kids 24 hours a day. I can't make them bathe.' It appeared that she was having difficulty with the children's behaviors," Amy Sacco, Iowa DHS worker, said.

Sacco attempted to connect Nicole Finn to resources, but she said Finn didn't want them.

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