A judge has reduced bond for a Leavenworth woman charged for the death of her young son.

A judge has reduced bond for a Leavenworth woman charged for the death of her young son.

The bond reduction came as Catherine M. Smith appeared Monday in Leavenworth County District Court.

Smith, 31, is charged with second-degree murder.

Leavenworth police officers went to Smith’s residence Nov. 29 for a report that a child was not breathing. Smith’s 19-month-old son was taken to the hospital but he later died, according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.

A police investigation of the boy’s death focused on possible neglect, Kitchens said.

Smith was arrested for the second-degree murder charge Dec. 18.

According to County Attorney Todd Thompson, Smith is not accused of intentionally killing her son. But the boy’s death is alleged to have resulted from reckless behavior “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

Smith remained in custody Monday when she appeared in court with her attorney Clinton Lee.

“We would like to set this for status so we can pursue discovery and prepare for a preliminary hearing at some point,” Lee said to District Judge Michael Gibbens.

Gibbens scheduled a status hearing for Jan. 16.

Lee then requested a reduction of his client’s bond, which had been set at $500,000.

Lee acknowledged the alleged offense is serious. But he noted that Smith is not accused of intentionally causing someone’s death.

The defense attorney said Smith’s prior criminal history is minimal and involves only misdemeanors.

Lee said Smith also appears to have ties to the area.

“She’s not a flight risk,” Lee said.

He said Smith has another child who is in protective custody.

Assistant County Attorney Bryanna Hanschu argued the bond was set at the proper amount.

“This is a murder case,” she said.

Gibbens said it appears that if Smith were to be convicted as charged, she would face a prison sentence ranging from nine years and one month to 10 years and three months.

Gibbens said he would reduce the bond to $250,000.

As of 1:15 p.m. Monday, Smith was still in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail, according to Undersheriff Jim Sherley.

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