MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The wife of an Indiana man charged in the death of the couple’s five-month-old son has requested his release from jail to help her through the birth of another child.
Cory Wallace, 23, faces five felony charges in the February death of his infant son, Jensen. Authorities allege that he dropped the child, didn’t seek medical attention and set fire to the child’s room to hide the cause of death.
An autopsy revealed evidence of abuse, including broken ribs and cuts and abrasions on Jensen’s body, according to court documents.
Three weeks prior to the boy’s death, Wallace pleaded guilty to a neglect charge stemming from injuries suffered in 2012 by another one of his children.
On Monday, attorney Ron Smith and Wallace’s 20-year-old wife, Sheryl, asked a judge to reduce Wallace’s bond to $50,000, The (Muncie) Star Press (http://tspne.ws/1Pvx8HL ) reported.
Sheryl Wallace said she’s is due next month and wants her husband released so he can offer “help and support.” Cory Wallace’s mother, whom the couple lives with, told the judge that she didn’t believe her son was “a danger to be at home.”
Delaware County Prosecutor Jeffrey Arnold and his chief trial deputy, Eric Hoffman, disagreed and urged the judge not to reduce Wallace’s bond.
“Do I think he poses a risk to the community, particularly to his child that’s going to be born here shortly?” Hoffman asked. “Absolutely.”
Hoffman called Wallace “essentially a transient who uproots and moves from here to there.” But Smith argued that there’s “no evidence” his client is a “flight risk.”
The judge took the request for a bond reduction under advisement and is expected to issue a ruling later this week.
Wallace is being held in the Delaware County jail on an $180,000 bond. His trial scheduled to begin on Jan. 25.
Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com
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