Judge keeps bail at $75,000 for mom whose baby was found dead at casino | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Judge keeps bail at $75,000 for mom whose baby was found dead at casino

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Jim Grant/Tahoe TribuneChristina Corrine Ramirez enters the court Monday in Stateline.

Christina Corrine Ramirez calmly walked into court for her first appearance Monday after her newborn son was found dead in a casino trash can.

Ramirez was arrested Thursday by Douglas County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly abandoning her newborn son in a Harrah’s Lake Tahoe bathroom May 7.

She remains in custody in lieu of $75,000 bail on a gross misdemeanor charge of concealing the birth of a child.

Tahoe Justice Court Judge Richard Glasson denied a defense request to release Ramirez on her own recognition, although he reserved judgment on the amount of bail pending a future hearing. That ruling means Ramirez, an 18-year-old high school senior, cannot return to her Stockton home where she lives with her grandmother.

A conviction on a gross misdemeanor could cost Ramirez a $2,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Glasson said the possible jail time is enough incentive for Ramirez to go into hiding if released, although her attorney said she had no criminal record and posed no flight risk.

In opposing a bail reduction, prosecutor Kristine Brown said Ramirez was affiliated with a Stockton gang and thus posed a threat to the community.

An autopsy report by Washoe County Coroner’s Office has yet to be completed and is awaiting the finish of toxicology reports, said Douglas County sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Modispacher. It could take weeks before the autopsy is completed, he said.

The autopsy is crucial to the case since it will determine whether the baby boy was alive or stillborn before being abandoned. If the child was alive, Ramirez could possibly be charged with homicide.

Ramirez is next scheduled to appear in court May 21 for a preliminary hearing. A bail hearing could be held before then if requested by the defense.

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