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Accused child abductor granted bail with conditions

The woman accused of taking four young boys and dropping them off at the entrance of the city dump was yesterday granted $20,000 bail with two sureties with strict conditions.

De’Edra Gibson, 29, was not present when Justice Gregory Hilton delivered his decision on bail because officers removed Gibson from the court when she started crying uncontrollably about 10 minutes before the ruling.

The abductions of the children by a mystery woman baffled police until Gibson, whose lawyer previously said she has a history of mental illness, was arrested on April 5. That day at a press briefing, police claimed she had confessed.

Gibson has elected trial in the Supreme Court for the charge that carries a maximum of two year’s imprisonment.

It was this decision that factored heavily on Hilton’s decision to grant Gibson bail, as he reasoned she could possibly spend two years on remand awaiting trial.

Hilton ordered Gibson to continue regular checkups at Sandilands Rehabilitation Center every two months, follow her treatment plan and provide proof of compliance to the court.

Additionally, Gibson must surrender her passport to the court; report to the Elizabeth Estates Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; wear an electronic monitoring device; and have no contact with prosecution witnesses.

Destiny McKinney appeared for the director of public prosecutions and Howard Thompson represented Gibson.

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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