Sharon Carrillo, the mother accused of taking part in beatings that ultimately killed her 10-year-old daughter, is pregnant and likely will give birth while incarcerated, according to her husband’s defense attorney.
Steven Peterson, who is representing Julio Carrillo, 51, the girl’s stepfather, said his client told him prior to his first court appearance on Wednesday that Sharon was pregnant and expected to give birth in May.
He “expressed concern about her well-being at Two Bridges,” the jail in Wiscasset where the Carrillos are being held, Peterson said.
The Carrillos are charged with depraved indifference murder in the death of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy and accused of trying to cover up the repeated beatings and abuse that allegedly caused her death. A judge set bail at $500,000 cash for each on Wednesday, an amount that neither of them is likely to be able to post, according to their attorneys.
Christopher MacLean, who is serving as Sharon Carrillo’s court-appointed attorney, said he was “aware” of reports that his client was pregnant, but stopped short of confirming it himself.
“The Department of Health and Human Services will certainly be monitoring that situation closely,” MacLean said Thursday. “For anyone who gives birth in prison, the child must be placed either with relatives or taken into state custody.”
Two other children, ages 1 and 2, were placed in DHHS custody after the Carrillos were arrested Monday.
If Carrillo were to make bail, her bail conditions stipulate that she not come into contact with any child younger than 15. Julio Carrillo is under those same conditions.
MacLean said he plans to have Sharon Carrillo’s mental health evaluated as the case proceeds. He has said he plans to look into the relationship between Sharon and her husband, after reports from multiple neighbors of verbal and physical abuse in their marriage.
Peterson said he had a brief discussion with Julio Carrillo prior to Wednesday’s court appearance, during which he described what would happen that day and asked Julio to tell him a little about his background.
Carrillo said he grew up Brooklyn, New York, and later moved to Kentucky before moving back to New York state for a brief period before he and Sharon came to Maine, according to Peterson. Peterson said his client mentioned he had learning disabilities growing up and was in special education programs throughout school.
It was also during this conversation that Julio Carrillo mentioned his wife’s pregnancy and his concerns about her welfare while pregnant and incarcerated, Peterson said.
A message left for administrators at Two Bridges Regional Jail was not immediately returned Thursday.
To locate your local Domestic Violence Resource Center, call the statewide helpline at 866-834-HELP (4357) or visit www.mcedv.org. For resources or support to prevent child abuse, call 1-800-422-4453.
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