After the injuries from a gunshot wound left her grandson dead, Rachel Spry appeared before a Yuma County Justice Court judge for the first time Thursday afternoon.
The 35-year-old is being held on four felony charges, including reckless manslaughter, possession of a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia, as well as the possession or use of a weapon in a drug offense.
This is after a police investigation revealed the toddler got a hold of Spry’s handgun.
On her Facebook page, Spry had several pictures of her with family members, even a picture of a Smith & Wesson pistol with a caption reading “my best friend.”
During her appearance Thursday Spry pleaded with the judge to impose a bond low enough that she could be with her family while her case continues, but the judge granted prosecutors requests to have her bond set at $500,000.
A large group of the boy’s family was joined by a victims advocate in court, but chose to not make any statements.
Besides asking for a reduced bond, Spry also told the judge that she maintains her innocence relating to all the charges pending against her. Spry is scheduled to appear back in court next week.
Meanwhile, neighbors and community members gathered Thursday night outside the child's home for a candlelight vigil to remember the three-year-old boy.