The mother of a 16-year-old girl who was 15 when she had a baby with a man in his early 20s appeared Monday in Lewis County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on five counts of third-degree child rape.
Jessica Ann Myers, who spent last weekend in the Lewis County Jail after police arrested her Friday while serving a warrant for her arrest in Cinebar, was released from custody on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
Earlier this month, 22-year-old Mario Daniel Kinne, of Centralia, pleaded not guilty to having sex with Myers’ daughter. His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 28.
Prosecutors levied similar charges against Myers because the sexual relationship allegedly occurred in her house. Her arraignment is scheduled Dec. 9.
According to charging documents, Myers notified police her daughter had run away from home eight days after having her baby.
Centralia police investigated the matter and discovered the teenager and Kinne had sex on several occasions in Myers’ home before the birth of her child.
According to charging documents, DNA tests show Kinne is the father. The baby was born in September 2009.
According to 20-year-old Centralia woman Amanda Grasser, who said Myers is like a mother to her, Myers was evicted from her Centralia home and was unaware a summons for her Nov. 3 appearance in court had been sent to her former address.
Grasser, however, said Myers, 33, knew she missed a preliminary hearing and had a warrant out for her arrest before police arrested her.
"She was sobbing on the phone," said Grasser, who confirmed the ages of Myers and her daughter.
Grasser said Myers has other children — a 3-year-old and 14-year-old — who live with her.
Grasser said Myers was aware of her daughter’s relationship with Kinne but did not know the extent of it.
Bob Schroeter, Myers’ defense attorney at her preliminary hearing, said the charges she faces are inappropriate due to her alleged involvement in the case.
"This is the type of case that is very different than the rape of a child in the third degree," Schroeter said in court.