A woman accused of child stealing appeared in court for a brief hearing Friday morning to push her trial back.
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Judge Daniel B. Proud began the hearing regarding Jennifer Kendall by asking if both deputy district attorney Jamie Verwayen and defense attorney Tom Johnson were prepared for a six-day trial beginning May 28. Instead of confirming, they approached the bench.
After returning, Proud set May 29 for hearings regarding in limine motions. The motions, Proud said, could “assist in resolving or expediting the case.” He then trailed the trial itself to June 11 at 8:30 a.m.
Kendall reportedly fled from California to Spokane, Wash., with her then 18-month-old son, in violation of family court orders. The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office launched an investigation to find her in August 2011. On April 9, 2012, she was located and transported back to El Dorado County, where custody of the child was given to the father, Kevin Chase.