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New mom back in jail after birth

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GREENFIELD — An inmate who was given a special waiver of her bond so she could leave jail to give birth has returned to the Hancock County Jail.

Miranda Luker, 23, was booked back into the jail Friday afternoon, still unable to pay her $2,500 bond.

Luker was released just over two weeks ago because county officials were worried about medical expenses from Luker’s impending hospitalization to give birth. Judge Terry Snow of Hancock County Superior Court 1 authorized a temporary waiver of Luker’s bond so she could have her baby. If she could pay the $2,500 bond, she wouldn’t have to return to jail. If not, she was to be returned to custody.

Hancock County Community Corrections director Pat Powers said Luker was released to home detention Jan. 23 and had her baby, a boy, on Jan. 24. A bond review hearing was held last week, but still unable to pay her bond, she was brought back to the jail, Powers said.

The infant is being cared for by family members.

“The baby’s grandparents have (the baby) right now; the father’s parents,” Powers added.

Luker is being held under charges relating to another child. Luker and Mark Barron were indicted in November by a grand jury in the death of their infant son two years earlier. Prosecutors say their 3-month-old son Dylan was found in his crib unresponsive on Dec. 2, 2011, his face against a body pillow. His throat was clogged due to an illness, and unsafe sleep positions and lack of custodial care were listed as contributing factors in the infant’s death.

Both Luker and Barron were charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Class A felony. Both have a jury trial scheduled for April 7.

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