VALPARAISO | A developmentally disabled woman from Portage and her mother broke down in tears Thursday after a judge told them the disabled woman would not be allowed to leave jail to return home while her theft case proceeds.
Keeping 35-year-old Crystal Patrick at home is not working out, Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford said.
He said the woman has earlier charges pending.
While acknowledging jail is not a good solution for the autistic woman, Bradford said it will have to do until arrangements can be made to move Patrick to a facility with better supervision. He mentioned the need to address her needs while also protecting society.
Patrick was arrested May 31 on charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and theft. She's accused of taking beer from a refrigerator on a man's outdoor deck.
The case attracted more attention after it was revealed police had used a Taser twice on Patrick during the arrest.
Portage Police Chief Troy Williams defended the Taser use as appropriate, saying Patrick refused to come out of hiding behind a shed, left her hands in her pockets despite police commands to show her hands and attempted to flee.
When it became clear Patrick did not understand Thursday's initial hearing, Bradford addressed the woman's mother, entered pleas of not guilty and appointed a public defender.