Judge increases bond for woman alleged to have abused own mother

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published August 28, 2019




CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 28, in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township, defendant Ann Marie Walsh stood in front of Judge Jacob Femminineo Jr. It was her first court appearance since she was arraigned Aug. 16 on a first-degree charge of vulnerable adult abuse — a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

In early August, Clinton Township police were informed of a “suspicious” matter between a daughter and mother. Police filed a report Aug. 8 after visiting the victim, later identified as Walsh’s mother, at a local hospital where she was being treated for her injuries.

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office alleged that the apartment shared by Walsh and her mother — who has remained nameless throughout the proceedings — allegedly contained dents in walls and blood spatters throughout the victim’s bedroom, as well as on her bedding.

“The amount of abuse this elderly victim sustained is unbelievable,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a statement following filed charges. “She has suffered a multitude of trauma, broken bones, and even a brain bleed. No one deserves to be treated like this, especially by their own child.”

Walsh, handcuffed and wearing a Macomb County Jail outfit, was brought into the courtroom by officers. She was represented by her attorney, John Waldeck.

Waldeck had just been retained and lacked information relevant to this case, leading to Femminineo delaying Walsh’s preliminary exam. Walsh then asked the judge for a decreased bond and to be released from jail so she could tend to her mother’s home.

There was not enough information gathered for a “cogent” bond reduction, Waldeck said, informing his client in the courtroom that her request could actually be adjusted upward due to her own mother being the victim.

Walsh persisted, saying she has lived with her mother for the past 18 years and has a “good standing” in the community. The defendant, who is unemployed, told the judge she wanted to tend to her mother’s insurance needs and other records that need to be accounted for at the home they share.

“I’m not going to take care of (my mother),” Walsh said, claiming she just wanted to maintain the apartment and her mother’s records.

Her request was met with ire from the judge.

“The court is shocked and appalled by these charges,” Femminineo said.

He increased Walsh’s bond from $100,000 to $250,000 cash or surety, with no 10%.

Waldeck declined to comment on his client once he exited the courtroom, only saying that he didn’t even have Walsh’s police report yet in his possession.

At press time, Walsh was expected to return to court within 21 days.