LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Bond was set at $500,000 for a Wellsville woman charged with endangering children after her three sons came back to school allegedly malnourished this week.
According to the Morning Journal, Jaimie Emery, 34, of Commerce Street, was arraigned Thursday morning before Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Chris Amato, who decided to go beyond the $100,000 cash or surety requested by Assistant County Prosecutor Megan Forsythe.
A court appointed attorney was granted for Emery, who is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
Emery told the judge she has three boys ages, 10, 8, and 7, but her 9-year-old daughter is in foster care. “They are pinning a case against my dad for sexual assault,” Emery offered as the reason for her daughter’s absence in the home.
Wellsville patrolman Marsha Eisenhart filed the charges against Emery after her children appeared at school Monday at Garfield Elementary “substantially underweight with his rib cage and other bony structures protruding from his body.”
The boy reportedly told police he and his siblings were only allowed one meal per day during the summer and food was withheld as a form of discipline. Police also indicate they found locks on the refrigerator, freezer and the boys’ bedrooms.
All three boys have been removed from the home by county Children Services.
As part of Emery’s bond conditions, she is to have no contact with any of her children. She is not even permitted to call family members or others to get a message to her children. She also is not allowed to attend any school events or have contact with any other children.
Emery was charged in 2010 with child endangering after one her boys, who was 5 years old at the time, wandering the street.
This time the charge is a third-degree felony, which can mean up to three years in prison.