DECATUR — Elaina M. Chamblin is a step nearer having her case handled by the Mental Health Court program in Macon County.
Chamblin, 25, accused of aggravated cruelty to animals after prosecutors said she beat four kittens to death, wants to enter the program but ran into a snag with her bail conditions. Health Court requirements stipulate defendants must live in Macon County, but the Decatur woman has been living outside it as part of bond rules that forbid her from living in a home with pets since she was charged in December.
Her attorney, Jim Brinkoetter, appeared at a hearing in the Macon County Courthouse on Wednesday and told Judge Thomas Griffith that the situation was being resolved without having to change the bail rules.
“... She is in a hotel right now, and her father and mother are going to find her an apartment … in Macon County,” he said. Brinkoetter then asked, and Griffith agreed, to withdraw a previous motion to alter the bail conditions.
Sworn affidavits filed in the case said Chamblin told Decatur police officers that she had killed the cats in fits of rage caused by testosterone treatments she received as she transitions to becoming a man.
Griffith said Chamblin would now be referred to Mental Health Court for an evaluation to see if she should be allowed to enter the program. Defendants admitted to Mental Health Court can have charges dismissed and be given clean records if they complete treatment regimens and other requirements.
Griffith set a status hearing for Aug. 6, when he will review progress in the case and check if Chamblin was admitted to the Mental Health Court.