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Elisabet Estrada, the mother who allegedly starved her 16-year-old son to just 26 pounds, ended up with her bail increased to $125,000 at a hearing at the Franklin County Courthouse Tuesday.
Estrada has been incarcerated since Jan. 17, according to court records. Her original bail set by Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns was $25,000.
“I was shocked to see that Judge Manns had set the bail to $25,000, considering the young man’s condition when the case started,” District Attorney Matt Fogal said to Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock. “I don’t think Judge Manns was privy to the information we have now.”
Considering the nature of the offense and potential sentence of a minimum of 33 months in prison for the aggravated assault charge, Fogal requested the bail be increased to $125,000.
Estrada’s attorney objected to the increase, citing the fact that Estrada’s teen children were placed in foster care and are no longer residing in the home, and that Estrada has no prior criminal record and has “nowhere to go.”
Rock decided to increase Estrada’s bail to Fogal’s recommendation, “to ensure the safety of the children.”
Estrada’s preliminary hearing was continued to Feb. 25 at 8:15 a.m.
Police: Mom ‘failed to feed’ teenage son
Estrada, 41, is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and child endangerment, according to court documents.
Chambersburg police responded to her home on Kelhigh Drive on Oct. 24 to assist Franklin County Children and Youth Services with a welfare check of the siblings of the 16-year-old boy after he was admitted to Penn State Hershey Medical Center the day before, weighing 26 pounds.
The teen was “very frail, gaunt, (had) ribs extremely evident and (was) ravenously hungry,” when he was hospitalized, police said.
A doctor told police it was her medical opinion that the teen’s condition was due to malnutrition and medical neglect since the mother “failed to seek appropriate medical care from an early age until he was 16 years of age and failed to appropriately feed him,” according to court documents.
Children and Youth Services reported the mother hadn’t used any therapy or early intervention services since 2005. Estrada insisted she “did everything” for her son, although she did not have a primary care physician for him.
The teen’s siblings, a 16-year-old girl and two adults, ages 18 and 21, were found to be in “good general health,” according to court records.
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