Published on May 7th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman0
Woman held in grandson’s death on half-million-dollar bond
The grandmother arrested Wednesday in connection with her 3-year-old grandson’s death asked the judge to set a reasonable bond during her initial court appearance Thursday, saying she wanted to get out of custody and be with her family.
“I won’t go anywhere your honor,” Rachel B. Spry said. “I will stay with my mom. I didn’t do any of this.”
Spry made her initial appearance in Yuma Justice Court before Justice of the Peace Greg Stewart. He informed her that she was being held on allegations of reckless manslaughter per domestic violence, possession and/or use of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession or use of a weapon in a drug offense.
Stewart also explained to Spry that prosecutors from the Yuma County Attorney’s Office have until Monday to review police reports, speak with investigating officers and interview witnesses to determine whether to bring any formal charges against her.
Prosecutor Karolyn Kaczorowski of the Yuma County Attorney’s Office was present during the hearing and asked the judge to set a bond of $500,000 while her office reviews the evidence in the case, saying Spry had a drug problem, did not have a fixed address and had no ties to the community other than the victim’s family.
After granting the prosecution’s request and setting the bond at $500,000, Stewart informed Spry that should a formal complaint be filed against her at her next hearing, she would have the opportunity to hire her own attorney or request the court to appoint council to represent her.
According to the Yuma Police Department, at about 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1200 block of 11th Avenue in response to a report of a child having been shot.
A 3-year-old boy, identified by YPD as Darrien Nez, was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center by emergency personnel and later pronounced dead.
Court records indicated that Spry had been staying at the residence to help her daughter pack for a move.
Spry owns a 9mm handgun, which was inside a backpack. She said she was packing the bathroom that morning and placed the backpack on top of a clothes dryer. Court records indicated that Spry said she saw her grandson come into the room but continued with her packing.
According to court records, Spry said she heard the gun go off about five minutes later and that when she looked over, she saw her grandson lying on the floor, bleeding from the nose. Court records did not indicate how the child got the gun.
Court records also indicated that Spry admitted to using methamphetamine the day before at about 11 p.m. and placed the pipe she used to smoke it in the same backpack as the gun
Source: yumasun.com “Woman held in grandson’s death on half-million-dollar bond,” May 7, 2013.