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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Warrant issued in child endangerment case

  • An arrest warrant was issued in the case of a Leavenworth woman accused of leaving her baby in an alley after the defendant failed to show up for a court appearance.
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  • An arrest warrant was issued in the case of a Leavenworth woman accused of leaving her baby in an alley after the defendant failed to show up for a court appearance.
    Elizabeth A. Michaud failed to show up Friday for what had been scheduled as a pretrial conference. She’s charged with 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 has been free on bond.
    District Judge Gunnar Sundby said Friday that parties previously had started to go through a pretrial conference but the question of Michaud’s competency had come up and her attorney wanted to speak with a counselor concerning the issue.
    “I did get to talk to the counselor,” defense attorney Elaine Halley said.
    Since Michaud had been approved for a treatment program, the decision was made to wait until the treatment had been completed.
    But it was reported that Michaud had left the treatment.
    Assistant County Attorney Cheryl Marquardt said Michaud apparently walked out of the program Nov. 24.
    Sundby said Michaud knew of Friday’s court date and could have come to court to explain why she left treatment.
    Halley said Michaud may not have realized she was supposed to have come to court Friday. The attorney said she told her client she wouldn’t have to come to court if she was in the treatment program.
    Sundby said he would authorize a bench warrant for Michaud’s arrest because her whereabouts weren’t known.
    Halley then said she will be filing a motion for a competency evaluation for her client.

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