Mother Accused of Neglect

By Megan Trent

October 13, 2011 Updated Oct 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A Fort Wayne mother accused of neglecting her two young sons could soon be released on bond.

25-year-old Shanna Vorndran was in an Allen County courtroom Thursday to schedule a jury trial and request a bond reduction.

Her defense attorney, Anthony Churchward, attempted to convince Judge Fran Gull that Vorndran poses no flight risk, despite the serious charges against her.

Churchward called Vorndran to testify about her ties to the community. She stated that she's a lifelong resident of Allen County, where she attended Carroll High School through the 11th grade. She said she worked at Wendy's for three years prior to her arrest, but has no property or money aside from $7 in savings.

Her father, Michael Vordran, was also in court. He testified that his daughter could stay with him if released on bond.

Ultimately, Judge Fran Gull reduced Vorndran's bond for the two neglect charges to $5,000 each. That means she'll need about $1,000 cash to be released until her trial on January 31st.

A no contact order for the two children remains in place.

Court documents indicate that back in September 2010, Vorndran's one-year-old son had a fractured leg that required surgery.

Doctors said it went untreated for more than 24-hours.

An investigation by the Department of Child Services revealed that Vorndran's two-year-old son was covered in more than 70 bruises from head to toe, including three injuries to his rectum.

During that time Vorndran was living with her then-boyfriend, Michael Combs, as well as his sister, Anna Hogan, and her children. Both Combs and Hogan would often watch the children.

And "they're" both charged with two counts of neglect each and the ex-boyfriend is also charged with battery for allegedly hitting the two-year-old in front of a witness.

They're scheduled to stand trial early next year, as well.




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