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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Defendant faces new charges

  • A woman who is accused of leaving her baby alone in an alley last year is now facing drug related charges in another case.
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  • A woman who is accused of leaving her baby alone in an alley last year is now facing drug related charges in another case.
    Court records indicate Elizabeth A. Michaud made her first court appearance in the new case Wednesday. She's now charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, which is a felony, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
    The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 10 in Leavenworth.
    Michaud already had been charged with aggravated endangering a child. She's accused in that case 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.
    The child endangerment case is scheduled to go to trial next week in Leavenworth County District Court.
    Michaud was free on bond at the time the Nov. 10 crimes are alleged to have occurred.
    County Attorney Todd Thompson said the drug related charges were not filed immediately because it takes time for suspected drugs to be tested by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He said charges can be filed without waiting for the completion of the KBI testing, but Michaud already had the other case pending.
    When Michaud appeared in court Wednesday, she was advised of the new charges, according to court records.
    Defense attorney Elaine Halley, who is representing Michaud in the child endangerment case, has been appointed to also represent the defendant in the new case.
    Michaud's next appearance in the new case is scheduled for Monday, which is the same day the trial is scheduled to start in her older case.

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