A Baltimore woman who was charged in August with killing one of her grandchildren and injuring another was released from jail last week because of a mistake by a prosecutor in the State's Attorney's Office. Towanda Reaves, 50, got out of jail on Saturday when the unidentified prosecutor mistakenly dropped charges that included second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and multiple counts of assault. Reaves turned herself back in on Wednesday.
Reaves was charged with murder after she admitted to rubbing methadone on the gums of her two young grandchildren, a 1-year-old boy and a girl just a few months older than him, before putting them to bed. When Reaves checked on the children in the morning, the boy was not breathing and was pronounced dead a short time later. The girl was suffering from methadone poisoning but was able to survive, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Marc Minkove, Reaves' attorney, said his client contacted his office after she was released and arrangements were made for her to turn herself in. “She came to our office asking effectively what she should do. She knew she shouldn't be out, but she didn't know what to do. She turned herself in voluntarily, without a fuss," Mollack said.
While Reaves was initially being released by authorities at the Baltimore City Detention Center, "she told them she didn't think that was correct," Minkove said. "They said, 'that's what we have' and released her."
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Reaves is currently being held without bail
Mark Cheshire, a spokesman for the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office, has not said whether the prosecutor who mistakenly dropped the charges will be disciplined. "We've given the District Court prosecutors a reminder of what the proper procedure is and that it does not include [dropping the charges]," Cheshire said.