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Ferret attack defendant fails to show for court

The mother of a child who was viciously attacked by a pet ferret failed to show up at her criminal defense hearing. The woman's courtroom proceedings have since been rescheduled. She was slated to appear in Kansas court on charges of child endangerment.

Authorities report the child lost nearly all of his fingers when the animal attacked him in January 2011. The child was just 4 months old at the time of the attack.

The woman's decision to forego her court hearing will have significant ramifications. A warrant has been issued for her arrest, and a previous bond has been revoked. That means her previous bond money will be forfeited to the courts, and a new amount has been set at $15,000. It is not clear whether the arrest warrant will play a role in the woman's rescheduled court appearance, which will occur on June 11.

Judges have reportedly been known to revoke pending arrest warrants if the individual in question shows up to his or her designated court date. It is possible the woman in this case will not actually be arrested if she appears at her next court appearance.

The woman and her husband were both charged with first-degree child endangerment in connection with the injury incident. No further information about the child's condition was provided in local news reports. It appears neither defendant has entered a plea in the case, and most of the criminal proceedings are still pending in the matter.

The mother and father in this case would benefit from the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney. These lawyers can help defendants learn more about their rights and legal options in court. Your attorney could help negotiate plea bargains, issue important documents and provide you with trial representation. A qualified lawyer can help guide you through the legal process with few hiccups, whatever your decision might be about going to trial.

Source:  www.kansascity.com, "Mother in Grain Valley ferret attack case fails to show for court" Brian Burnes, Jun. 03, 2013

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