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Mom Accused Of Being High On Meth While Son Drowned Denied Bond Reduction
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Mar. 26, 2012 10:35 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 26, 2012 10:58 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A mother accused of being high on meth while her baby drowned in a bath tub was back in court Monday.
Crystal Jordan came into court hoping she'd be released on bond, and left angry and crying when she was sent back to jail.
A tearful Jordan sat and listened as detectives lined out what happened the day her 16-month-old son, Kolten Jordan, was found dead in a bath tub at a home on Centennial Drive in Sissonville.
"Came home, walked into the house, heard some animals in the bathroom making a ruckus so he went in there to check it out. Upon entering the bathroom, the water running in the bathroom, stepped in there and at that point saw the child face-down in the tub," said Detective John Ratliff. He's talking about Joshua Jordan discovering the child when he got home from work on March 15.
Cystal told police she laid the baby down for a nap, and then fell asleep herself.
"She said the next thing she remembered was that her husband and come home, and was asking why the baby wasn't breathing," testified Detective Don Scurlock.
Detectives say Crystal was in a deep sleep after coming off a meth high. She told police she'd been using meth for about a year.
"She said that she had been injecting meth that morning prior to the baby getting up," said Scurlock.
Crystal claims Kolten climbed out of his crib and turned on the water himself and then drowned in the tub. Detectives say the story is plausible.
"Information that we gathered from the family and due to the separate measurements we took around the bathroom, I do believe the child could have gotten into the tub and turned on the water," said Ratliff.
Detectives testified Kolten could have been able to reach one of the knobs standing outside the tub, and the knob was fairly easy to turn.
"Standing out the tub, the kid could have reached the cold water," said Ratliff.
Jordan's lawyer wanted her $50,000 cash only bond cut in half and made a property bond, but Magistrate Paris Workman kept it the same and sent the case to the grand jury.
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