By Walter GeigerA woman charged with beating her three-month-old daughter against a headboard because she would not fall asleep was granted a $250,000 cash bond by Judge E. Byron Smith in Lamar superior court Aug. 14.Obviously pregnant, 20-year-old Linda Jessica Gunn, appeared before the judge with her attorney J. Lansing Kimmey who noted his client was entitled to bond because she had been in custody for over four months without being indicted. The prosecution did not argue the bond entitlement issue.Gunn was arrested in March after she took the infant to an orthopedist with a possible broken leg. Multiple other injuries, including a skull fracture, were found and Gunn was arrested. The child is in protective custody.Kimmey noted that a mental evaluation of Gunn had been requested. Judge Smith asked Gunn about the evaluation. She replied, “I don’t know what that is.”The judge set the bond reluctantly but gave the prosecution another option.”You can call the grand jury back to indict her again. I will order it if I have to. I don’t care if this is the only case on the docket. This matter is just too serious,” Judge Smith said.”Thank you, judge. I don’t believe that will be necessary,” district attorney Richard Milam answered.Gunn left the courtroom in manacles and remained in custody.
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