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Judge: Inmate a flight risk, funeral trip denied

A judge on Tuesday denied an inmate’s request to attend his father’s funeral in Las Vegas by agreeing with prosecutors that he is a flight risk.

Tahoe Township Judge Richard Glasson offered a slight caveat for George Bariames, who remains in jail on charges stemming from the Sept. 21 discovery of his malnourished infant son lying next to his dead mother in the family’s Stateline apartment.

Glasson said he would consider a furlough if Bariames could come up with the money to pay the expense of a sheriff’s deputy to accompany him to Las Vegas for the Saturday funeral.

Deputy District Attorney Kristine Brown made that suggestion. Brown said Bariames should only be allowed the furlough if accompanied by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies.

“He remains a danger to himself and others,” Brown said. “He remains a flight risk.”

Bariames’ attorney, Derrick Lopez, also argued for a reduction in bail from $20,000 cash only to $10,000 cash only. The judge denied the bail reduction.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Township Justice Court.

Bariames faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of child abuse and neglect charges. No charges have been filed against him in the death of his 36-year-old wife, Debbie. Toxicology reports indicate she died from severe dehydration.

Lopez said Bariames was suffering some sort of delirium at the time that his wife died and during the days after her death. Lopez said that delirium would most certainly “play out a role in the defense” for Bariames.

The couple’s child, Nicholas, is in child protective services care.

— Jeff Munson can be reached at jmunson@tahoedailytribune.com

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