Defense attorney James Saladino told a judge Thursday he's considering an insanity defense for Sharon McDonough.
McDonough also is accused of using excessive corporal punishment because her toddler's crying woke her up.
She could face up to two years in prison if convicted of the top charge, aggravated animal cruelty. She also is charged with child endangerment and animal torture.
Her adult son contacted authorities about the living conditions of his younger siblings. He also complained that five dogs and a cat were mistreated in the Selden home.