A mentally challenged woman charged with trying to steal a 1-year-old baby girl at 770 during Simchas Torah last week was released without bail because the case did not get to a grand jury before the legal deadline.
From the NY Daily News:
Chana Alexander, 27, was released without bail at her arraignment Wednesday night because she couldn’t be held any longer without there being an indictment.
Alexander had been held under psychiatric watch since her Oct. 11 arrest, the date of the alleged snatching, sources said.
She finally went before Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Craig Walker on Wednesday night.
“The family lives in France and were here on holiday. They were unable to testify in the grand jury due to travel plans, but we are still pursuing the case,” said Helen Peterson, a spokeswoman for the Brooklyn District Attorney. “We asked that the defendant be remanded for a psychiatric evaluation, but the court declined that request.”