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Bond granted for caregiver charged in autistic girl's death

Judge sets bond for Latoya Patterson at $25,000

Latoya Patterson is forced to relive that fateful day in 2013 when her 12-year-old autistic cousin died after listening to the 911 call she made.
Latoya Patterson is forced to relive that fateful day in 2013 when her 12-year-old autistic cousin died after listening to the 911 call she made.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Broward County judge ruled Thursday that the caregiver of a 12-year-old autistic girl who died in 2013 can be released from jail while she awaits trial.

Judge Michael Rothchild set bond for Latoya Patterson at $25,000.

Last month, Patterson's mother and a nurse testified in court on Patterson's behalf, saying she was physically and financially unable to take care of her cousin's daughter when she agreed to accept responsibility for Tamiyah Audain after the girl's mother died in 2012.

According to a Lauderhill police report, Audain had extensive bed sores and bone-deep wounds. She weighed only 56 pounds at the time of her death.

Under the terms of her release, Patterson must wear a monitoring device, cannot have unsupervised contact with children, including her own, will be required to surrender her passport and may not discuss the case with any listed witnesses in the trial.

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