A not guilty plea has been entered in the case of a Leavenworth woman accused of leaving her baby alone in an alley.

A not guilty plea has been entered in the case of a Leavenworth woman accused of leaving her baby alone in an alley.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby entered the plea on behalf of Elizabeth A. Michaud Friday after defense attorney, Elaine Halley, said her client can’t decide what to do.

No trial date has been set. But Sundby scheduled a pretrial conference for Nov. 30.

Michaud, 28, is charged with aggravated endangering a child for allegedly leaving her infant son alone May 3 in an alley in Leavenworth.

Authorities believe Michaud was under the influence of drugs or alcohol the night of the incident. Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens has estimated the baby was in the alley, which was a few blocks from Michaud’s home, for at least three hours before he was found in a stroller by an area resident.

Michaud appeared in court Friday for an arraignment.

“We’re really not ready for arraignment,” Halley said.

The court-appointed attorney asked for additional time, saying her client needs treatment. Halley said Michaud cannot assist her attorney in her current condition.

Assistant County Attorney Cheryl Marquardt objected to a continuance of the arraignment, arguing Michaud had missed inpatient treatment two times.

“This case has been pending since May,” Marquardt said.

After entering the not guilty plea on behalf of Michaud, Sundby said it sounded as though Halley was concerned about her client’s mental competency. He said if the attorney thinks this is an issue, an evaluation can be ordered.

Halley indicated this was the first day she’d felt that type of concern.

Sundby said the competency issue will be on hold until Halley has an additional opportunity to talk with her client. Sundby said a motion from Halley to withdraw from the case also will be on hold from now.
Michaud is free on bond.