WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Bond was set at $1 million for a murder suspect accused of killing a 3-year-old Warren boy.
Lynette Talley, 64, is charged with murder, felonious assault, and endangering children. She pleaded not guilty to all counts on Tuesday.
Talley’s lawyer, Atty. Samuel Bluedorn, asked for a reasonable bond but prosecutors argued that the evidence is strong in this case and includes a failed stipulated polygraph examination.
“Although it’s very serious, I think $100,000 bond with electronically-monitored house arrest would be appropriate due to these conditions. She has no intentions of going anywhere and has nowhere to go, quite frankly,” Bluedorn said.
Warren detectives said the charges are related to the death of 3-year-old Amari Allen, who died at Akron Children’s Hospital on May 8.
Talley was Allen’s legal guardian and a friend of the family.
Hospital staff believed Allen’s injuries were not accidental, according to a call for service report.
She told police she believed he was choking and went to grab food out of his mouth when he fell back, hitting the counter and floor.
But hospital staff told investigators the type of trauma he suffered did not match her story.
Talley’s family members who were in court Tuesday said what is being reported is inaccurate but they wouldn’t say more about the case.
Talley is due back in court Wednesday morning.