Hayesville Mother Hit With Third Charge

  • 3/13/2018 4:58:02 PM
  • WMFD Staff
  • Local News

ASHLAND COUNTY, OH - Alyssa Edwards made an appearance in Ashland County Common Pleas Court Tuesday afternoon.

Edwards is the mother of the 8-year-old Hayesville boy who shot his younger sister at the beginning of the month.

The Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald Forsthoefel began the arraignment proceedings by accepting Edwards' plea of 'not guilty' to a third-degree felony charge of child endangering and one misdemeanor charge of child endangering.

Edwards has also been hit with another charge: tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, to which she also pleaded not guilty.

Through her attorney Donald Wick, Edwards requested permission to have unsupervised contact with her children. Judge Forsthoefel declined her request, saying he fears the influence she could have on the children given that they are both witnesses to the incident. 

He went on to say that he will take into account the Juvenile Court Judge's decision, and Edwards is free to return to court to request contact with her kids again once the Juvenile Court Judge has had a say in the matter.

Alternatively, the State of Ohio requested to increase Edwards' bond to fifty thousand dollars because a third charge had been added. The judge also denied that request.

Edwards has already posted her original bond, set at thirty thousand dollars, and her trial date is set for July 10th.

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