Mother accused of trying to kill infant daughter asks for reduced bond

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A mother accused of trying to kill her infant daughter is looking to have her bond reduced.

Natasha Townsend was arrested and charged with attempted murder in May. Police say the 31-year-old wanted to kill her then-three-month-old daughter then commit suicide.

Her charges were waived to a grand jury in October, but Wednesday her attorney moved to have her bond reduced from $60,000 to $25,000. The judge has yet to rule on the motion.

Defense attorney Jerry Hicks is stated in the motion that Townsend "suffers from significant psychological problems and does not believe that she is being appropriately treated in the Madison County Jail for her condition."

Madison County District Attorney Robert Broussard could not speak about this bond hearing directly, but he did provide insight to the proceedings.

"If you're charged with a felony, and there are mental issues involved, and you are locked up, you still have access to a mental evaluation," said Broussard. "The defense attorney can file a motion for that and the court will grant it."

A joint motion for a psychological evaluation of Townsend is also pending.

WHNT News 19 reached out to Townsend's attorney, but he said he could not comment on the case.

Broussard said bond reduction hearings are common, but not for outside mental health care.

"Just because you're locked up, doesn't mean that you're completely cut off from any kind of examination having to do with your mental health, but it does have to rise to a level where it's in question of whether or not you understand the proceedings that are going on and whether you're able to assist your attorney."

The defense is also moving for Townsend to stay with her mother while out of jail so she can receive proper medical treatment for her mental health issues.

The hearing is set for 1:30 pm Wednesday at the Madison County Courthouse with Judge Schuyler Richardson. Jason Scully-Clemmons is the prosecutor on this case.

Stay tuned to WHNT News 19 and for the latest on this hearing.

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