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CROWN POINT — A trial was canceled for a mother charged with neglect after her 12-year-old son died last May of a kidney disorder, which authorities determined was preventable.

Teisha M. Ellis, 34, was scheduled to appear at trial April 9 on two felony counts of neglect of a dependent on allegations she failed to monitor Davarion Davis' Nephrotic syndrome or seek medical attention when his symptoms worsened, which led to his death May 4.

A medical examiner for the Lake County coroner's office noted it was very rare for a child diagnosed with the syndrome, associated with high protein levels in urine and fluid retention, to die from the medical condition, which was complicated by an infection in the child's groin area. 

Ellis initially requested a speedy trial after charges were filed in November, which would require a trial within 70 days, but defense attorney Casey McCloskey withdrew the request Thursday.

He told Judge Diane Boswell Ellis posted a $5,000 cash bond late last month, which eliminated the need for a speedy trial, and he needed more time to obtain medical records related to Davis' death.

Boswell canceled the April 9 trial date. A status hearing is scheduled for April 25.

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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.