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Committal Hearing Set for Baby Thief

A committal hearing has been scheduled for May 11 for Medical Assistant, Lorna Williamson, who pleaded guilty to stealing a newborn baby from the University Hospital of the West Indies in December last year.

The committal hearing is expected to decide whether or not Williamsons’ sentencing will be transferred to the Supreme Court in downtown, Kingston.

The decision for a committal hearing was decided Friday morning in the Kingston and St. Andrew parish court in Half Way Tree.

There’s been an ongoing jurisdiction issue regarding the case which has led to several adjournments of the sentencing.
Meanwhile, when she appeared in court last week, her bail was lowered to $200,000.

This after her attorney Carol DaCosta informed the courts on Tuesday that her client had been unable to take up bail because the sum was too much.

Presiding judge, Andrea Pettigrew Collins offered Williamson the new bail sum with 1 or 2 sureties.

Last December, Williamson was arrested and charged after the baby was found in her possession in Rollington Town, in East Kingston.

During her bail application last year, Ms.DaCosta said her client had suffered a psychotic breakdown that caused her to steal the baby.

Speaking with the media on Tuesday, Ms.DaCosta said her client was now in good health and has made friends in lock up.

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