Re: Police: Dover woman abused 2-year-old son's corpse
So far, the only charge the police have leveled is abuse of a corpse, which is a class A misdomeaner. Bail is set at an amount that is commensurate with the crime as charged. The purpose of bail is to assure that a defendant will show up for all court appearances. It's not punitive in the sense that it's part of some pre-punishment just in case a defendant is convicted.
Originally Posted by Chase
Had the police had more evidence to support arresting her for other crimes, they would have done so. In the meantime they can't lock people up because they MIGHT have committed other crimes. Otherwise people could well end up in jail on nothing more than someone's hunch.
The bail amount is appropriate for a class A misdomeaner. If the medical examiner finds probable cause for additional charges, they'll be added to what they already have and bail, if still appropriate, will be increased accordingly.
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