Circuit Court Judge Gordon Webb denied a bond reduction request Wednesday from 25-year-old kidnapping suspect Elaina Mae Holcomb. Webb left the Mountain Home woman’s bond at $50,000 and ordered the attorneys in the case to make certain a formal request for a mental evaluation for Holcomb was inserted into the case record.
In arguing against a potential bond reduction, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chris Carter noted Holcomb had been giving staff at the Marion County jail difficulties and said she might be better served remaining in jail until the results of the mental evaluation are known.
Holcomb addressed the judge and asked that she be allowed to fire her court appointed attorney, complaining he said things that were not nice.
“Maybe what I did was wrong,” Holcomb told the judge of the allegations against her. “I’m sorry for what I did.”
Judge Webb stopped her from incriminating herself further and told her due to the serious nature of the allegations against Holcomb and informed her he would not allow her to fire her public defender. Webb told her that her attorney was doing good work for her and that she needed to cooperate with him and listen to his advice.
On Aug. 18, Holcomb was booked into the Marion County jail on charges of kidnapping, residential burglary and endangering the welfare of a minor and was held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
Marion County Sheriff Clinton Evans issued a news release regarding Holcomb’s arrest on Aug. 19.
Authorities received a call from a home in the 6000 block of Marion County Road 317 in rural Caney on that day. The caller reported a boy was missing, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Deputies responded to the home and immediately began searching for the child. Shortly after the search began, an employee of the National Park Service heard banging on the front door of a nearby ranger station. The employee came into contact with Holcomb and the boy, according to the affidavit.
The ranger said Holcomb looked “dazed, confused, sweaty and exhausted.” The ranger said Holcomb yelled several things, including that she surrendered and that she had the four-year-old boy.
Deputies responded to the scene and took Holcomb into custody. The child was returned to his father.
Holcomb was taken to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office where she was interviewed about the incident after she was read her rights, according to the affidavit. Holcomb reportedly told investigators she stole a vehicle in Mountain Home earlier in the day and drove to the house, where she then took the boy.
After stealing the car and taking the boy, Holcomb said she drove the car into the woods in an attempt to hide before eventually making her way to the ranger station.
When asked why she took the child, Holcomb reportedly told investigators that the father of the boy, her former boyfriend, was mean and drank sometimes. Later in the interview, she reportedly admitted part of the reason she took the boy was that her former boyfriend declined to go to North Carolina with her and that she was upset with him for declining, according to the affidavit.
No further action in Holcomb’s case can be taken until a mental evaluation on her is performed and court officials receive the report from the evaluation. Such evaluations are currently taking several months for the state to schedule.
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