Judge raises bail for mother charged with felony child abuse

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comNovember 13, 2012 

Trista Denise Miles


— A Wake County judge on Tuesday raised the bail of a 22-year-old woman who has been charged with intentionally fracturing the ribs, skull and leg of her 8-month-old son.

Trista Denise Miles, of 1617-B Burgundy St. had been in jail since Friday under $200,000 bail. District Court Judge Keith Gregory increased the bail to $250,000 during Miles’ first court appearance after a prosecutor told the judge the boy’s injuries did not appear to be the result of a one-time event but instead occurred over a period of time.

“There are significant injuries, some in various stages of healing,” Patrick Latour said. “There is some concern as to whether the child will live.”

Miles’ defense attorney, Damien McCullers of Raleigh, told Gregory that his client was a longtime resident of Wake County and a military veteran who had been honorably discharged.

McCullers pointed out that many of Miles’ family members were in the courtroom to support her in what was “an unfortunate situation,” and that the young mother would not be a threat to the community.

Gregory disagreed, saying allegations of prolonged abuse and the protection of the public was a concern.

Miles has been charged with one felony count of intentional child abuse causing serious bodily injury.

Police think the latest abuse occurred Oct. 24. They were not alerted until Miles took the boy to the hospital Oct. 29.

In addition to the fractures, Miles’ son suffered a tear along his stomach lining, laceration of the pancreas, and bruising of the liver and spleen, according to a police arrest report.

Gregory told Miles that she could spend nearly 20 years in prison if convicted.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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