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Jennifer Norris Jailed As Flight Risk
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 5, 2003

ELWOOD, INDIANA--Jennifer Norris is back in jail on neglect charges after a judge determined last week that she was a flight risk.

Norris, 26, is accused of neglect of a dependent person, her son Mark A. Norris Jr., who had cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder and used a wheelchair. Police believe Mrs. Norris may have set the family home ablaze to cover up her son's death, then escaped with her other two children.

The 8-year-old's body was found by firefighters in the burned rubble January 21. Autopsy results later showed that the boy had died at least one day before the blaze. He also had signs of malnourishment, extensive muscle deterioration and several bedsores. There was no trace in Mark's blood of the medication he needed to control his seizures.

Norris was arrested and jailed on February 13. Six days later posted a $50,000 bond through Bankers Insurance and was released.

Last Thursday, Bankers Insurance claimed they had information leading them to believe Norris planned to leave the state to avoid prosecution. The judge then revoked Norris' bond and she was picked up Friday.

Related article:
"Norris back in jail after flight risk feared" (The Herald Bulletin)$rec=43684?hb_story

Related resource:
"The Death of Mark A. Norris, Jr: Was fire a cover-up for his death?" (Inclusion Daily Express)


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