A Tumwater woman accused of kidnapping her son in October won’t stand trial until June. Her trial was continued at the request of her attorney during a status conference Wednesday in Thurston County Superior Court.
Cassandra Ann Wilhelm, 35, was arrested Oct. 30, 2014, after she allegedly assaulted her estranged husband and kidnapped their 18-month-old son. A court order issued in June had prohibited Wilhelm from contacting her husband and son.
An Amber Alert was issued soon after the alleged kidnapping, and Wilhelm was arrested in Olympia after a driver and his teenage daughter spotted her car.
She is charged with first-degree kidnapping and assault in violation of a protection order, both felonies. She is also charged with violation of a protection order, a misdemeanor.
Wilhelm’s trial was originally scheduled for the week of Feb. 2, but it was continued to the week of March 23 soon after deputy prosecutor Cailen Cecil Wevodau took over the case.
The trial was continued again Wednesday morning at the request of defense attorney Michael Maltby, who began representing Wilhelm in November.
“Defense counsel requested more time to pursue their defense, and I was not opposed to that,” Cecil Wevodau said.
Since October, Wilhelm has been in and out of jail.
She was released on $50,000 bail soon after her arrest, but Judge James Dixon issued a bench warrant Jan. 8 after she failed to attend a court hearing, according to court documents.
Wilhelm had been arrested on other charges in Pierce County and was later transported to the Thurston County Jail.
She was released on $100,000 bail Feb. 3 on the condition that she have no contact with her husband or her son.
Court documents give the following account of the events leading to Wilhelm’s original arrest:
Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3100 block of Bonanza Drive Northeast in Olympia about 7 a.m. after a man reported that his estranged wife had vandalized his car, assaulted him and taken their 18-month-old son.
The man said that Wilhelm had knocked on his door at about 6:20 a.m. and yelled at him about not returning her mother’s phone calls. He asked her to leave, and she walked toward the road.
About 30 minutes later, the man left his house and put his son in the car. He noticed several dents in the side of the car, and then saw Wilhelm walking toward him.
The man said Wilhelm punched him in the face and bit his arm. She then opened the car door and picked up their son. The man said he tried to stop her, but he didn’t want the child to get hurt.
Wilhelm climbed into her car and placed the child on her lap. She drove away as the man called 911.
Deputies tried to find the child and Wilhelm at her parents’ house, but she wasn’t there. They also called her cellphone, but she didn’t answer. They issued an Amber Alert.
A few minutes later, a driver and his daughter spotted the car and followed it until Olympia police arrived. The boy was unharmed, and Wilhelm was taken to the Thurston County Jail.