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CROWN POINT — A judge reduced bond Thursday for a woman accused of kicking a toddler during an attack last month on her sister's former girlfriend in Merrillville.

Donisha Bowers, 23, of Gary, and her sister Man-nisha Bowers, 20, of Valparaiso, are accused of breaking into a Merrillville home Jan. 12, attacking two women and kicking an 18-month-old boy. Man-nisha Bowers also threatened to kill one of the women while holding a knife, court records say.

The Bowers sisters were charged Jan. 14 with burglary, criminal confinement, two counts of battery, pointing a firearm and criminal mischief. 

Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell on Thursday reduced Donisha Bowers' bond from $150,000 surety to $50,000 surety or $5,000 cash. 

Boswell granted the same reduction for Man-nisha Bowers during a court hearing Wednesday.

April L. Kuchta, 24, a victim in the alleged attack Jan. 12, was charged Jan. 28 with several battery counts alleging she pepper-sprayed Man-nisha Bowers on Jan. 6 as Bowers slept in a bed at a hotel room rented by a woman who has dated both Man-nisha Bowers and Kuchta.

Man-nisha Bowers and Kuchta also once dated, court records say.

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