- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon judge has reduced bail for a 29-year-old woman charged in the death of her newborn baby girl from $10 million to $5 million, saying the case “cries out for the defendant to remain in custody” pending her murder trial next year.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/uGBixs) that a lawyer for Sarah Mangus had asked that bail be lowered to just $50,000. Defense lawyer Amanda Garty said the woman’s family could have come up with 10 percent of that amount - $5,000 - to get her out.

Judge Henry Kantor said Tuesday he remains concerned that if freed, Mangus would immediately use drugs and possibly even get pregnant again. She has lost custody of all six of her children, with the exception of the 12-hour-old infant who died April 12.

Sarah Mangus and her husband Jamie Mangus are accused of murder by abuse in the baby’s death. They are scheduled for trial in April in Portland. Bail for Jamie Mangus was earlier set at $10 million.

An autopsy showed the baby died of methamphetamine intoxication and pneumonia.

The couple had been living in a tent. They have pleaded not guilty.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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