Bail denied for mom accused in child abuse case
June 18, 2018 12:36 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld a District Court ruling in denying bail for Teri Sanchez. Sanchez faces multiple charges involving the alleged abuse of her 7-year-old daughter.
Sanchez and James Stewart are accused of forcing their daughter to panhandle, pickpocket and even forcing her into prostitution. They have pleaded not guilty and were ordered to remain behind bars pending trial.
Attorneys for Sanchez appealed that ruling, but it was denied in district court and now, upheld by the court of appeals.
The district court's ruling cited that Sanchez is "very vulnerable to manipulation and coercion." The court believes that Stewart controls Sanchez and if Sanchez is released, Stewart would use her to gain access and influence over their children.
The court of appeals stated that there is "no present basis upon which to determine that the district court abused its discretion in ordering pretrial detention."
Updated: June 18, 2018 12:36 PM
Created: June 18, 2018 12:22 PM
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