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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Trial set for child endangerment case

  • A trial date has been set for a Leavenworth woman accused of leaving her baby alone in an alley.
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  • A trial date has been set for a Leavenworth woman accused of leaving her baby alone in an alley.
    Elizabeth A. Michaud is scheduled to go to trial Feb. 25 for a charge of aggravated endangering a child.
    She is accused of leaving her infant son alone May 3 in an alley in
    Leavenworth. Authorities believe she 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 for at least three hours before he was found in a stroller by an area resident.
    The trial date was set Friday in Leavenworth County District Court. Michaud appeared in court in the custody of officers from the Leavenworth County Jail.
    Michaud’s attorney, Elaine Halley, asked District Judge Gunnar Sundby to consider releasing the defendant on her own recognizance.
    “She doesn’t have any money to get out,” Halley said of posting bond.
    The attorney said her client is not a flight risk.
    Sundby said Michaud does not remain in jail only because she is poor.
    The judge noted that the defendant had been released on bond in June but then failed to show up for court in August and was taken into custody. She was released on bond again but failed to appear in court in November. She later was arrested and has remained in custody.
    Sundby expressed concern about having to ask jurors to wait so authorities can find Michaud if she fails to appear for her trial.
    “Then they would all know that she didn’t show up,” he said.
    Sundby denied the defense request.
    A pretrial conference in the case is scheduled for Jan. 25.

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