Archive for Friday, April 7, 2006

Dog trainer awaiting hearing

Woman suspected in prison escape hasn’t posted bond

April 7, 2006


The Kansas dog trainer who was captured in February in Tennessee and accused of helping a convicted murderer escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility remains in jail on $100,000 bond.

Toby Young, the 48-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman and mother of two, is scheduled to next appear in Leavenworth County District Court on April 21.

The hearing is labeled on the docket as an appearance with her attorney, said Debra Owens, a spokeswoman for the Leavenworth County Attorney's Office.

"It could be anything at this point," Owens said, and referred to the court appearance as a possible scheduling or even a plea agreement if one is reached.

Young was a prison volunteer and president of the Safe Harbor Prison Dog program. She now faces charges of aiding and abetting aggravated escape and aiding a felon.

Kansas Department of Corrections officials and other authorities allege that on Feb. 12 several inmates loaded convict John M. Manard into a Safe Harbor van that Young drove out of the prison.

After days of regional and national media attention, federal investigators caught Young and Manard on Feb. 24 in Tennessee. Authorities say the couple stayed at a remote cabin in rural Alpine, Tenn.

Manard is serving a life sentence for the 1996 carjacking and murder of Donald England in Johnson County, and he has been returned to Lansing Correctional Facility. Owens said Thursday that prosecutors had not yet filed charges against Manard for the escape.

Jim Yoakum, Young's attorney, did not immediately return calls seeking comment. After Young's first court appearance in March, Yoakum said his client would not contest her bond and that her family continued to support her.

Owens also said the county attorney's office was continuing to prepare for the case against Young like any other.


bankboy119 8 years ago

Pywacket, journalism is all about making people feel a certain way on a certain issue. It's not about reporting the facts, that's obvious by the way it is reported.


wonderhorse 8 years ago

If my mother did anything like this, I would probably have a stroke on the spot. I had a sense of right and wrong inculcated in me, 1/2 by mom, 1/2 by dad. This violates what I was taught in a whole bunch of ways.


costello 8 years ago

Re "Mother of Two": I haven't seen the references to her children as an attempt to elicit sympathy for her. To me it's just been more evidence of how astonishing it is that she abandoned her former life for this "man." This is a lady who had a family, friends, respect, etc., and she threw it all away to run off with a con man. Too weird! The fact that she left behind two children, adult or minor, just goes to show how deluded she was. I feel for her children. I'm 44, and I'd hate to think my mom would voluntarily give up her relationship with me and my siblings this way.


Multidisciplinary 8 years ago

I think Toby needs a vacation, like one year at a private convalescent care facility for really nice people who've been though hell, not prison.

(Take me with you, make it five)



Pywacket 8 years ago

I suppose this is a niggling observation, in the greater scope of this case, but does it bother anyone else that the media keep describing this woman as a "mother of two"? If you recall some of the more extensive stories on her, written while she & her partner were on the run, it was established that her children are grown & gone.

Therefore, it seems to me that this "mother of two" description reads like a ploy to raise sympathy for her. I don't see the same effort made for male lawbreakers whose children are self-sufficient adults.

The parental status might have some newsworthy significance if the "children" were indeed still children, and suddenly deprived of a resident parent on whom they depended for care and sustenance, although I would still be opposed to raising sympathy for the lawbreaker in such a case.

But when the kids are out of the home, I think journalists should ask themselves if they're just including the "mother" label to tug at heartstrings. If they really think that's relevant, they should dig out the parental status of all the male criminals they write about, and include that info in print, in the name of equality. For the record, I'm a female--I just don't like to see bias either way.


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