The Journal Gazette
Monday, August 13, 2018 12:55 pm

New Haven woman says she was denied an attorney

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A New Haven woman charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter was denied an attorney for hours and felt pressured during an interview with police in January, court documents say. 

A motion to suppress evidence filed in Allen Superior Court also says police did not read Crystal M. Belcher her Miranda rights. 

Belcher, 29, is charged with two counts of felony neglect in the Jan. 27 death of Jocelyn "JoJo" Belcher. Firefighters arrived at an East Butler Street home to find the girl unresponsive, blue and cold to the touch, according to a probable cause affidavit. 

Prosecutors charged Belcher in April, and investigators are looking for her boyfriend, Shane A. Patton, 31. Patton also faces charges of neglect, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. 

Belcher asked at least six times for an attorney while being questioned by police at her home and at the Fort Wayne Police Department but was not given access to one, the motion filed by defense attorney Samuel L. Bolinger says. 

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