Drug defendant loses job over allegation

Cary Ashby • Jul 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

A Norwalk woman was one of several defendants who had their bonds established Monday in Norwalk Municipal Court.

Michael-Marie K. Childs, 26, of 43 State St., is charged with theft of dangerous drugs. The fourth-degree felony is in connection with an incident Thursday investigated by the Norwalk Police Department. If convicted, she faces six to 18 months behind bars.

"I've never had a felony. I don't understand all this," the woman said via closed circuit television Monday.

Judge Eric Weisenburger then explained she has the right to a preliminary hearing in which prosecutors can present witnesses to show there is probable cause a crime was committed or she can waive her right to her hearing, which is set for July 16. Afterward, the case is forwarded to Huron County Common Pleas Court to be reviewed by a grand jury for a possible indictment.

Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said Childs reportedly stole prescription medication from a female acquaintance.

"I just recently lost my job because of all this. I got arrested Tuesday on contempt (of court) and released Thursday," Childs said, referring to last week's incidents.

"I will show up for every court hearing," added Childs, who stressed her need to find a new job.

The Bellevue Police Department released Childs, a former Bellevue resident, to a Norwalk officer on the felony warrant at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. If she posts a $5,000 bond, she is prohibited from having any association or contact with the victim.

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