Mother accused of child abuse makes first appearance in court

Mother accused of child abuse makes first appearance in court

Several days after court documents alleging horrific child abuse were made public, the woman at the center of those accusations made her first appearance in a Spokane County Superior court room.

Leslie Baker is charged with three counts of child assault.

An arrest in June led to a 4th degree assault charge in municipal court. Since then, detectives have continued to search for more evidence, which led to the search warrant, and Baker’s arrest, this weekend.

She was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Sunday, but posted at $50,000 bond and was released. She missed a first appearance scheduled for Monday afternoon, prompting a second warrant to be issued for her arrest.

In court Tuesday, a prosecutor said that when police arrived at Baker’s apartment to arrest her, she did not come out.

Baker said she hadn’t known she was supposed to be in court on Monday, and she hadn’t known why the police were at her home.

A judge approved the state’s request to increase Baker’s bond to $100,000. An arraignment was set for August 13.