A judge reduced bond for a 34-year-old Lawrence woman who was charged Monday in a child abuse case involving her two sons.
James George, Douglas County’s pro tem judge, agreed with a request from prosecutors to reduce bond for Laura L. Sanders to $5,000 from $25,000 after Sanders was charged with two counts of child abuse earlier Monday.
Lawrence police arrested Sanders on Friday evening, the same day her boyfriend and common-law husband, Stanley E. Burleson, 30, was charged with abusing Sanders’ two sons, who are ages 14 and 12, and threatening the older boy. Prosecutors allege the abuse took place last Wednesday at a southcentral Lawrence residence.
Police said the boys’ grandmother called police Thursday, and according to court records, prosecutors accuse both Burleson and Sanders with “cruelly” beating the boys, who were taken into protective custody.
A judge last weekend originally set bond for Sanders at $25,000, but Amy McGowan, a chief assistant district attorney, said based on Sanders’ “involvement in the matter” prosecutors would not oppose the lower bond to allow Sanders to return to work as long as she had no contact with the boys during the pending case.
“I need to work so that I can get my kids back,” Sanders said during her first appearance. Her next court appearance is July 26.