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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Michaud appears in court

  • A Leavenworth woman has made her first court appearance since failing to show up for her child endangerment trial earlier this week.
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  • A Leavenworth woman has made her first court appearance since failing to show up for her child endangerment trial earlier this week.
    Elizabeth A. Michaud appeared Wednesday morning in Leavenworth County District Court.
    She is charged with aggravated endangering a child. She's accused of leaving her infant son alone in a stroller May 3 in an alley in Leavenworth. Authorities believe she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol the night of the incident.
    Her case had been scheduled to go to trial Monday, but prospective jurors were dismissed after she failed to show up. She had been free on bond. A warrant was issued for her arrest after she failed to appear for court.
    She was taken into custody Tuesday morning after Leavenworth police received information that she was walking in the area of Fifth Street and Buttinger Place, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
    Appearing in court Wednesday, Michaud told District Judge Gunnar Sundby that she called someone at 7 a.m. Monday the Justice Center, which where court is held, and she was told the trial was scheduled for the following day.
    "They told me that court was Tuesday at 2 o'clock," she said.
    Sundby questioned whether someone would have answered the phone at that time.
    Michaud said she called between 7 and 8 a.m.
    Sundby said before he schedules another jury trial, he would like to have a pretrial conference. He scheduled this conference for May 3.
    Michaud's attorney, Elaine Halley, said her client wanted her to ask the judge about setting bond.
    Assistant County Attorney Cheryl Marquardt, who's prosecuting the case, objected to bond for the defendant, saying Michaud has failed to appear multiple times. Marquardt also said the prosecution had been ready to go with all of its witnesses Monday.
    Sundby set bond at $250,000.
    There's another case pending against Michaud. In this case, she faces charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Halley previously had asked not to be appointed as the defense attorney in this case. And Sundby allowed her to withdraw from the drug case Wednesday.
    The judge said he would appoint a new attorney for this case. A court appearance was set for April 19. Sundby said he would try to have another appear with Michaud at this hearing.

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