KANAS CITY, Mo. - A woman accused of child endangerment charges after her niece was found locked in a room and underfed is back in police custody, following a clerical error that significantly reduced her bond .
Michele Kraft surrendered herself Friday night and is being held on her original $100,000 bond at the Jackson County Detention Center, according to prosecutors.
The Jackson County prosecutor's office filed a motion to get Michele Kraft back behind bars after the error. Somehow, a zero got dropped in her paperwork. Last Friday, Kraft was able to post ten percent of her $10,000 bond. That bond was supposed to be $100,000.
A tip led police to the couple's home in the 1100 block of Pacific. Police say their 8-year old niece known as only by her initials as 'G.W.' was severely malnourished , weighing 42 pounds when she was found. Court documents say she had normal growth until the Krafts received custody a few years ago. G.W., her sister and the Kraft's five month old child are now in protective custody.
This isn't the first court error involving the Kraft case. Jeffrey Kraft was supposed to be arraigned on July 26 but there was a snafu in the court system.
He was scheduled to appear. He was brought to court from jail. His family came. Journalists came to cover it. However, no public defender had been appointed to him yet , so he had no counsel present.
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