By MARK R. KENT
MOBILE — A Mobile County District Court judge set bail totaling $75,000 on Valarie Rena Patterson, a day care worker who was with 5-year-old Kamden Johnson when he died Monday.
District Judge Bob Sherling ordered that $3,000 of a $60,000 bail on a manslaughter charge be paid in cash. The judge set $15,000 bail on a corpse abuse charge. Patterson is accused of dumping the boy’s body off Demetropolis Road, where a group of children found Kamden later that day.
Shortly after the hearing ended, Patterson became ill and had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment. Her attorney, Christine Hernandez, said Patterson apparently had a seizure and has had numerous medical issues recently.
A preliminary hearing before Sherling will take place Sept. 11.
(For a complete report on this story, pick up a copy of the Call News, available at a variety of locations throughout Mobile County, next Wednesday, Aug. 30.)