Woman who cut off ankle monitor returns to court, infant in arms
A 26-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman who cut off her ankle monitoring bracelet two days after she was placed on house arrest was readmitted to Western Regional Drug Court after she showed up Tuesday with her 6-week-old baby.
Kristin Hutsell Woerner was sentenced to drug court in May after she admitted stealing $14,000 in fur coats, watches and other items from a Lake Tahoe residence.
Pregnant at the time with her fourth child, Woerner pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property and was admitted to drug court.
Two days later, she cut off her monitoring bracelet and disappeared until she was arrested in Washoe County last summer on bad check charges.
She gave birth in jail in August.
“Our hope is another opportunity at drug court,” said her attorney, Derrick Lopez.
Prosecutor Tom Gregory said he reluctantly agreed with the recommendation to readmit her to drug court so she could care for the infant.
“This baby’s pretty handy for you,” said Judge David Gamble.
He ordered her to attend the next drug court session Oct. 29.
“This is not OK,” he said. “There were all kinds of alternatives to you having that baby in jail. And there are all kinds of people still willing to help you.”
He ordered her to pay for the ankle bracelet and complete drug court.
“If you don’t, I’m going to send you to prison,” Gamble said.