EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSEMERGENCY HEARING
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Sarah Halstead Requests Home Confinement While Pregnant
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Ashley Smith
Reported: Feb. 10, 2012 6:08 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 10, 2012 7:01 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Sarah Halstead was involved in a string of convenient store robberies in Kanawha County back in 2009. According to police her then nine-month old child was in the getaway car. And now, Halstead is pregnant again and asking to give birth at home.
Noticeably pregnant and in an orange jump suit, Sarah Halstead appears at her emergency hearing asking to get out of jail. Halstead and her then boyfriend, Thomas Stevens, robbed three convenient stores in the Kanawha Valley in early 2009. They dressed alike and used a knife in the robberies. Fast forward three years and Halstead is engaged to another man and pregnant with his child.
Jason Hall says his home in Cabin Creek is drug-free and has a landline...the requirements for home confinement. Halstead was on home confinement when she got pregnant but tested positive for drugs. That’s when she was sent to South Central Regional Jail.
“Did you know she had an issue with drugs while she was pregnant?” asked Assistant Prosecutor Tera Salango.
“I knew she had a past issue, I did not know she was doing it at the time,” said Halstead’s fiancé Jason Hall.
Assistant Prosecutor Tera Salango asked Judge Kaufman to consider Halstead’s history before placing her on home confinement.
“All we know is she was on home confinement, tested positive for drugs, while on home confinement, while pregnant,” said Salango.
Halstead’s attorney Ed Rebrook explained that his client has gestational diabetes and needs a special diet in addition to healthcare which isn’t available in jail.
"I know from years of experience you can not get proper medical treatment at South Central Regional Jail, it's terrible this girl is 32 weeks pregnant. She needs to be somewhere where she can regularly see an obstetrician."
Judge Kaufman granted Halstead the home confinement pending an inspection of Hall’s home.
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