A preliminary hearing for Jennifer Kendall on Wednesday was cut short with the announcement that she had checked into a hospital.
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Prosecutor Dale Gomes announced that he had received a call from defense attorney Tom Johnson during lunch, telling Judge Douglas C. Phimister that he would let Johnson explain.
Johnson noted that he had been called by Kendall at 11:45 a.m. She told him that “she was going to the hospital with her mother” as she was having a nervous breakdown, Johnson said. He noted that, over the phone, it sounded like she was in distress.
New dates, Oct. 15 and 17, were given as pre-preliminary and preliminary dates, respectively. Gomes then announced he would address the issue of bail with the court on Oct. 17, though Phimister told the attorneys bail would be addressed on Oct. 15. Johnson pushed for Oct. 17 and the judge allowed for the later date.
Phimister issued a warrant for Kendall’s arrest for failing to appear, but stayed it until the Oct. 17 hearing at 1 p.m.
Kendell had reportedly fled from California to Spokane, Wash., with her then 18-month-old son, in violation of family court orders. On April 9, she was located and transported back to El Dorado County, where custody of the child was given to the father.