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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Child endangerment suspect is back in custody

  • A Leavenworth woman accused of leaving her baby alone in an alley is back in custody after she missed a court appearance.
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  • A Leavenworth woman accused of leaving her baby alone in an alley is back in custody after she missed a court appearance.
    A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Elizabeth A. Michaud last week after she failed to show up for a pretrial conference. She had been free on bond.
    Michaud appeared Monday before District Judge Gunnar Sundby. The defendant was in the custody of officers from the Leavenworth County Jail. Sundby set another court appearance for Friday so Michaud’s attorney, Elaine Halley, also can be available. Halley was not present for Monday’s court appearance.
    Michaud 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.
    When Michaud failed to show up for court last week, Assistant County Attorney Cheryl Marquardt reported that the defendant apparently walked out of a treatment program Nov. 24.
    When in court Monday, Michaud said she left rehab because one of her children was in an accident. She said she was supposed to call someone to arrange to get back into the treatment program. She asked to be released.
    “We’ll try to verify that,” Sundby said.
    He said he will consider the matter if what she said is verified.
    Assistant County Attorney Joan Lowdon, who was appearing for the prosecution Monday, made a request that Michaud’s bond be forfeited.
    Sundby said he wanted to consider the issue of bond when Michaud’s attorney is present.
    During last week’s court appearance, Halley said she intended to file a motion to have her client evaluated for competency.
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