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Bond changed for W.Va. woman accused in child abuse leading to death

Judge allows Jasmine K. Dawkins' $275,000 cash-only bond to be converted to a surety bond

January 26, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A judge Thursday modified the bond terms for a woman accused of allowing child abuse that led to the death of a 3-year-old boy, improving her chances of getting out of jail as she awaits trial in Berkeley County.

Jasmine K. Dawkins, 22, who was still incarcerated Thursday night, is charged with one felony count of child neglect and one felony count of allowing child abuse with death, according to court and jail records.

The boy’s father, James N. Mauldin, 20, is charged with neglect and child abuse resulting in the Jan. 1 death.

Police have said the boy had multiple head injuries, including a fractured skull, brain bleeds and burns.

On Thursday, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh agreed to allow Dawkins’ $275,000 cash-only bond to be converted to a surety bond for the same amount.

A surety bond allows a percentage of the bond to be posted to obtain a defendant’s release from jail instead of having to post the full amount.  

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If bail is posted, Dawkins will be allowed to leave the state to stay with her grandmother in Waldorf, Md., but subjected to GPS monitoring and probation supervision, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones.

Jones said he opposed allowing Dawkins to travel to another state, but did not oppose the bond modification.
Jones said Dawkins had no prior criminal history. 

Meanwhile, Mauldin remains incarcerated on a $275,000 cash-only bond, and his attorney, Christopher J. Prezioso, said he had not yet filed a bond modification motion with the court, according to jail records.

— Matthew Umstead

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