Archive for Monday, July 11, 2011

Judge reduces bond for woman charged in child abuse case

July 11, 2011


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.


Liberty275 6 years, 9 months ago

"prosecutors accuse both Burleson and Sanders with “cruelly” beating the boys"

I hope the actual charges are about 1000 times less vague. I know I was left black and blue on occasion and to this day do not believe what either of my parents did was cruel. They were angry, ignorant and in the end my father sociopathic, but neither were cruel.

This is why we have juries. All we can do is trust their decisions.

Sharon Aikins 6 years, 9 months ago

How would you define cruel then? Black and blue suggests force and to me that sounds cruel. Parents have the responsibility of caring for as well as imparting values in their children. What values do you suppose your parents gave you? Do you consider it okay to strike a child, causing bruising? We shouldn't need juries to protect children like this.

Sara Garlick 6 years, 9 months ago

Theres a difference between spanking your kids and beating them! The lowering of the bail is a good indicator of the severity of the case.

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