Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pregnant Lady in Jail For Killing Baby Wants Maternity Leave

A pregnant woman awaiting trial in the death of a toddler she was babysitting is requesting maternity leave from jail. Tiffani D. Calise, 20, has been held at the county jail in lieu of a $500,000 10 percent cash bond since Aug. 11, is 8 months pregnant.
Calise's defense lawyers filed the motion for maternity release last week in the court of Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty. A decision remains under review, a spokeswoman for the judge said Tuesday. Calise is under indictment for murder as a proximate result of endangering children, involuntary manslaughter and two additional felony counts of endangering children. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the cause of the Aug. 12 death of 23-month-old Aaliyah Nevaeh Ali, who was under Calise's care, as ''complications of blunt impact(s) to the head.'' Homicide was the autopsy ruling on manner of death. Authorities said Calise was with Aaliyah and her own daughter on the night of Aug. 9 inside her Mayfair Road apartment. Calise told sheriff's deputies and family members that after giving the child a bath, she left Aaliyah alone momentarily in a nearly empty bathtub to retrieve a towel. Minutes after Calise called 911, according to an investigative report attached to the autopsy, paramedics arrived at the apartment at 11:52 p.m. Aaliyah was found face up on the living room floor ''with a small amount of vomit on the floor next to her,'' a medical examiner's investigator, Michael McGill, reported. McGill's report stated the child was undressed, and her hair was wet. The motion for maternity release stated that Calise is being monitored by the county jail's medical staff. ''Nursing staff at the jail have observed that [Calise] has gained considerable size and that the unborn baby has dropped to a low anatomical position,'' defense lawyer Donald R. Hicks wrote in the motion....But in his court-filed motion filed Feb. 9, Hicks wrote that Calise ''has always expressed that she believes that the estimated delivery date is miscalculated, and that the actual delivery date will be approximately two weeks earlier.''
"IS" she serious? Really? No, for real, really?!?

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