Walden cried during the entire hearing. The bailiff handed tissues to her as she stood alone at the podium. She was wearing a lime green Butler County Jail uniform that is typically reserved for inmates on suicide watch.
Bond was set by Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Pater at $50,000 for 25-year-old Saralin Walden who is charged in the death of her infant daughter. Walden, of Hamilton, was indicted last week by a Butler County grand jury for involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and child endangering, a third degree felony. Waldenâs 3-month-old daughter, RaeâAnna, was injured while in her care Oct. 23 and was pronounced dead five days later at a Cincinnati hospital, according to prosecutors. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Seated in the courtroom’s front row were family members of the baby’s father and Walden’s grandmother. All declined comment.
Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Heile requested a significant bond for Walden
“There are very serious charges,” Heile said. “The charges arise out of drug usage surrounding the care of her her child.”
Both Heile and the judge noted there was a significant criminal history of drug usage by Walden. She was charged with aggravated possession of drugs in December and was being held in the Hamilton County Jail when the Butler County indictment was returned.
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Walden told Pater if she was released on bond, “I plan to get mental health treatment because I really need it.”
She is scheduled to be back in court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing.