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Jonathan Miano, The Times

CROWN POINT — A criminal court judge denied a woman's request for bond reduction Wednesday as she prepares for an April trial date, when she will stand accused of neglect in her 12-year-old son's death.

Teisha Ellis, 35, of Gary, appeared Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with defense attorney Casey McCloskey.

McCloskey told Judge Diane Boswell that Ellis' family could only raise $2,000 of the $5,000 cash bond she would be required to post to be released from jail before her April 9 trial date.

He asked the judge accept $2,000, but Deputy Prosecutor Michelle Jatkiewicz objected, noting the judge previously rejected such a reduction because of Ellis' ties to Illinois.

"$2,000 simply isn't enough," Jatkiewicz said.

Boswell agreed and denied the request.

Ellis is charged with neglect of a dependent causing death on allegations she failed to get treatment for Davarion Davis, who died May 4 as a result of nephrotic syndrome, according to a probable cause affidavit.

An autopsy report indicated it was "very rare" for children to die of nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disorder associated with fluid retention and high protein levels in urine.

The condition was further complicated by an infection in the groin area, which was "due to neglect," the affidavit states.

Ellis is scheduled to appear at a pretrial conference March 8.


Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.