The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Defendant released on bond in child endangerment case

  • A Leavenworth woman accused of leaving her baby alone in an alley has been released on her own recognizance.
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  • A Leavenworth woman accused of leaving her baby alone in an alley has been released on her own recognizance.
    Elizabeth A. Michaud was released Friday afternoon from the Leavenworth County Jail, Sheriff Andy Dedeke confirmed.
    Earlier in the day, District Judge Gunnar Sundby granted a request for what is referred to as an OR bond, allowing Michaud to be released on her own recognizance. She will be subject to bond supervision.
    Michaud is charged with aggravated endangering a child. She's 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 case is scheduled to go to trial Feb. 25. A hearing for pretrial motions is scheduled for Feb. 7.
    Sundby had denied a request for an OR bond last week. But Michaud's attorney, Elaine Halley, raised the issue again Friday after a pretrial conference.
    "This is a presumptive probation case," Halley said.
    This means Michaud likely would be sentenced to probation if she's found guilty.
    Halley said her client had failed to appear in court only once in the District Court case, acknowledging there had been an issue in a Municipal Court case.
    "She has a documented disability and problems with memory," Halley said.
    Assistant County Attorney Cheryl Marquardt said Michaud previously had not been successful on bond supervision and failed to show up twice for in-patient treatment. Marquardt said Michaud later went to treatment but left before its completion.
    Sundby said he would grant the defendant's request.
    "At this point, it doesn't appear she's a danger to society," he said.
    He cautioned Michaud that not complying with bond supervision or failing to show up for court will ruin her chance of getting probation if she's convicted.
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