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Bond lowered for Carpentersville sitter charged in toddler's death
By Josh Stockinger | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 12/16/2009 3:49 PM

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A Carpentersville woman charged in the death of a toddler at her unlicensed day care persuaded a judge Wednesday to reduce her bond by half, arguing her husband filed for divorce rather than collecting money to get her out of jail.

Deanna Williams, 44, of the 3800 block of Parsons Road, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life or health of a child in the April 22 death of 8-month-old Sparsh Dhar. The Carpentersville boy overheated and died of hyperthermia after being left unattended and under a blanket for five hours, authorities have said. After her arrest in November, Williams' bond was set at $100,000 - an amount Kane County Judge T. Jordan Gallagher refused to reduce at a hearing last month.

On Wednesday, however, Williams' defense attorney argued the amount was "oppressive" and "not considerate of the financial ability of the accused or her family" in light of Williams' husband filing divorce papers after leading her to believe "he was working on getting funds together to post her bond."

Judge Thomas E. Mueller agreed to cut Williams' bond in half over the objection of prosecutor Pam Monaco. Williams, who now must post $5,000 to be released, said she would live with a friend in Algonquin until trial, tentatively scheduled for Feb. 22.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the mother of two remained in the county jail in St. Charles, jail officials said. She is due back in court Feb. 19.