Judge Lowers Bond for Mother Arrested in Infant's Death

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

UPDATE -- June 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

A local woman charged in the death of her three-month-old baby could soon be released from jail to await trial.

Morgan Eilts appeared in court in Suwannee County Wednesday morning.

The judge lowered her bond from $110,000 to $40,000.

Eilts is charged with aggravated manslaughter and child neglect.

Here's what the defense team said to try to convince the judge.

"The court was not aware of our clients lack of any prior criminal history which it was made aware of this morning, as well as the fact that our client had graduated and completed the law enforcement academy," said Chuck Collins, an attorney for the Eilts family.

Collins believes that Eilts will bail out of jail sometime in the near future.

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19-year-old Morgan Anna Eilts is behind bars in Suwannee County, charged with aggravated manslaughter on a child and neglect of a child.

Back in October 2010, emergency officials were called to a home at 9849 77th Place in Live Oak because of an unresponsive child.

The three-month-old victim was taken to a Gainesville hospital and died two days later.

"Raising kids ain't easy and a lot of time, people can't handle it," said the parent of a two-month-old infant, Shawn Shingledecker.

"if you couldn't handle a kid, put it with a friend, put it with a family member..."

Deputies say Eilts admitted to what she calls numerous accidents that caused minor injuries.

"But there were just some things that caused suspiscion," said Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron.

Investigators say Eilts confessed to dropping the baby in the bathtub, it's head hitting pretty hard. She also roughly jerked the babies' legs up to change its diaper, when she got frustrated.

Sheriff Deputies also say Eilts admitted to sitting the baby down on a coffee table too carelessly, bumping its head on the table.


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  • by jussayin on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    wow this has nothing to do with race or ethnic,social or financial status, it is about a helpless CHILD! one who depends upon a parent to care for and nuture them no matter what, God will not let this go unpunished, it seems to be that an epidemic of young mothers(babies raising babies) killing or causing awful injuries to their children, where is the government now and the dcfs services why aren't there any child "training/raising" classes for these young mothers they should have to take parenting classes before birth, via - before any welfare,food stamps,medicaid is issued to these youg women those of us poor suckers who work for pittance pay are the ones paying for these babies to have and abuse their babies where are our rights on how OUR TAX DOLLARS are being spent!!! after all condoms are FREE at our county health departments.So go stuff all the racist comments!! and realize that as long as you think that way things will stay that way and we will all be condemmened to hell. this is about humans not color!!
  • by Terri on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM
    .....and infringe on their civil rights? God forbid! You know why they will not order someone to be fixed? Because there are too many stupid people in this world and one or many of them would take that law and not follow the guidelines and end up getting sued for sterilizing someone.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:38 AM
    She should join the marghing 100
  • by Jay Location: Tallahassee on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:02 AM
    It really gets under my skin when i see how mothers these days just hurt n kill babies n children for no reason at all. If u know ur patients is to thin to have kids dont have them, i feel that women like that need to get the death penalty if u can take a child's life then ur life needs to be takin i mean come on ppl get it together!!!!!!!!
  • by sad on Jun 5, 2012 at 04:02 PM
    I hate what has happened to this child; an innocent baby! Thank you Jesus that it's over and this defenseless child doesn't have to endure any more torture from this monster. How can anyone call her a mother?
  • by Jessica Location: ga on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:32 PM
    Im a mother of a 6 year old and a 2 year old and its hard but you dont go and take anger out on a 3 month old baby there is a right way of taking care of a baby and the wrong way and if you didnt wanna be a mother in the first place one give it up to be adpoted by parents who cant have any kids at all or two give it to a family member that way you know it would be fine but dont just go around killing babies thats wrong on so many levels or hurting them on to make them die im sorry but i believe in karma and that hopefully the justice system will give that poor baby the justice she deserves and make sure that woman never hurts another baby again
  • by Heather Location: Madison on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    Ok first off I am a mother myself and admit yes it is difficult to raise a child, especially is you are doing it alone. No I do not defend her actions at all but to the person who said people should teach black people about the importance of two parent families..... Go back and look at her picture.... She looks white to me. I also agree with whomever said she could have placed the baby with someone more capable of caring for the baby. also thi being the state of Florida she could have turned the infant over to any fire department, hospital, police station or anywhere else with the safe baby haven sign within the appropriate amount of time after its birth without being charged with child abandonment. People should stop and think before they procreate.
  • by NOMNOM on Jun 5, 2012 at 06:52 AM
    There is a special place in hell for people who harm children. Rot in all pieces!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:20 AM in reply to NOMNOM
      So you believe in heaven?
      • reply
        by NOMNOM on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:35 PM in reply to
        You can't have one without the other.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 04:40 AM in reply to NOMNOM
          Exactly
  • by roger on Jun 5, 2012 at 06:12 AM
    A welfare baby having more welfare babies, typical. Why won’t blacks teach the importance of two parent families, like nature intended for humans. Good thing she got arrested; alleviates several more fatherless welfare babies on the taxpayers dole.
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      by Keke on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:36 PM in reply to roger
      Roger, clearly you're a blind idiot because the picture is of what appears to be a female of Caucasian descent. You must feel very brilliant in being able to make the correlation within this story. Kudos to you...And just in case you didn't notice I was being facetious.
    • reply
      by BADD on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:36 PM in reply to roger
      ROGER SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE'S WHITE TO ME..LOL#STUPID WHITE TRASH!!
      • reply
        by Michelle on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:25 AM in reply to BADD
        She is as white as obama....just saying!
        • reply
          by BADD on Jun 8, 2012 at 04:27 AM in reply to Michelle
          YOU'RE RIGHT BUT HE APPEARS A LITTLE DARKER TO ME :) !!PROBABLY WHY HE DIDNT GET YOUR VOTE!!#IJS
      • reply
        by roger on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:27 AM in reply to BADD
        wanna bet? Stupid ignorant black thug!
        • reply
          by BADD on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:53 PM in reply to roger
          THERE'S NOTHING I WILL BET,BUT YOURE RACIST!!LOL...WELL IM BLACK ,BLACK WITH AN DEGREE AND A STATE JOB TWO CHILDREN THAT DONT WONT FOR ANYTHING!!IM A FIRST TIME HOME BUYER AND BEEN WITH MY HUSBAND SINCE I WAS 14 I AM NOW 25 AND DOING BETTER THAN MOST 35 YEAR OLDS...PLEASE STOP BEING SO JUDGE MENTAL BECAUSE THATS WHY GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IN THE MESS HE IN NOW!!SO NEXT TIME YOU CALL SOMEONE A THUG MAKE SURE U THINK ABOUT YOURSELF YOU#INTERNET THUG!IJS!NOW WHO'S IGNORANT NOW!!
  • by Liam on Jun 5, 2012 at 05:50 AM
    I mean, come on, the baby can't even walk or talk yet, barely a person at all. Why is this even an issue?
    • reply
      by NOMNOM on Jun 5, 2012 at 07:21 AM in reply to Liam
      Troll alert!
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        by SnapDragon on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:50 PM in reply to NOMNOM
        hahahahahahahahaha
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