VALPARAISO — Porter Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Clymer commented Friday morning on how much healthier Alysha Ramos looked compared to when she was arrested nearly two weeks ago on eight drug-related charges.
Fearing that Ramos would continue to pose a threat to herself and her children, Clymer agreed to reduce the 28-year-old's bond but not by as much as she had sought.
The bond was reduced from a minimum of $7,500 to $4,500 at the request of defense attorney Bob Harper.
While acknowledging the amount is still too much for the Portage woman to afford, the judge said he offered the reduction as a sign of hope and encouraged her to participate in drug treatment if she wants to see the bond reduced further.
"You're getting healthier in jail, and I know you want out," Clymer said.
Ramos, who had pleaded guilty to driving drunk 10 years ago and causing a crash that resulted in the death of her close friend, is back behind bars on accusations of possessing heroin, hypodermic needles and other heroin-related paraphernalia, according to court records. She is charged with possessing and dealing marijuana, possessing synthetic marijuana, allowing drug use at her Portage home and possessing crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia.
Ramos also is accused of allowing illegal drugs to be sold in the presence of her 6-year-old child, according to court records.
"I just want to get my kids back," she told the judge Friday.
She vowed that if released from jail, she would not stick with the father of one of her children if there were drugs around.
"My kid is more important to me than he is," Ramos said.
She said she needs to be out of jail in order to begin the counseling, drug screens, home checks and other efforts required to reunite her with her three children.
Clymer said he would consider allowing Ramos to have supervised visits with her children, along with undergoing weekly drug tests, if she is released from jail.
"I believe you love your child," he said. "I'm concerned about your children."
"I want you to have a good, healthy relationship with yourself, too," Clymer said.
Ramos was sentenced in August 2009 to two years of home detention and 57 months of probation after she pleaded guilty in the driving death case. She went on to violate her probation three times by using drugs, according to court documents.
Ramos was released from probation unsatisfactorily in 2015 but was not sent to prison.