VALPARAISO | A 22-year-old woman who stole money and rings from a 96-year-old Valparaiso woman while working in her home was denied early release from prison Tuesday.
Porter County Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper said prison reports show Amanda Summers has shown no consistency in following the rules.
Summers, who is scheduled to be released Dec. 19, said she has learned her lesson and wanted to be released early to get a job and care for her 2-year-daughter when the child's father leaves for military service.
She said her mother has helped watch her daughter while she has been locked up.
The elderly victim in the case told police Summers stole 11 checks in late 2009 and then cashed them in her name for $5,150. Summers also was accused of stealing four rings from a dresser drawer in the house where she worked. Police later found she pawned one of the rings.
Defense attorney Matt Soliday showed Summers had three positive conduct reports while in prison.
Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polarek opposed the request for early release, saying Summers has a pattern of taking things from and defrauding others.
Polarek said Summers had not made her daughter a priority in the past and the child is being cared for by her father and Summers' mother.