Archive for Friday, July 27, 2001

Helm arrested again

July 27, 2001


Lawrence Police arrested Natasha Helm, 17, on a warrant and shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday booked her into the Douglas County Jail. She later was released on $2,000 bond.

Few details about the threat charge were available Thursday. Lawrence Police referred questions to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

Douglas County District Attorney Christine Kenney said the threat allegedly was made May 13. She could provide no other details.

In May, Helm pleaded no contest to reduced charges alleging two counts of aggravated interference with parental custody for taking two boys, ages 2 and 4, from their home, and one misdemeanor cout of endangering a child. The incident occurred in February while she was baby-sitting the children.

Helm later was arrested in eastern Kansas City, Mo., where the children also were found.

In June, Helm was sentenced to prison for 16 months on one count of aggravated interference with parental custody and 12 months on the second count of aggravated interference. The misdemeanor count drew a concurrent one-year sentence. She was then placed on 24-months probation by Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild.

Helm was to return to court at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 for Fairchild to determine the type of probation she will serve. Meanwhile, she had been free on a $10,000 own-recognizance bond.

-- Staff writer Mike Belt can be reached at 832-7165.

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