Samantha Bailey
Samantha Bailey

May 10, 2018

A judge denied a prosecutor’s request to require a Gray woman to pay $15,000 cash to be out of jail while she appeals her convictions for child endangerment and neglect.

But Samantha Kay Bailey, 51, was forced to surrender her passport, cannot travel outside of Iowa — with one exception — and cannot have contact with the two grandchildren who ate her methamphetamine or their mother.

Bailey was sentenced last month to up to 20 years in prison for the April 2017 incident, in which her grandchildren, who were 2 and 5 at the time, found and consumed her meth. They were flown to a Des Moines hospital for treatment. The younger child still suffers from seizures.

Bailey pleaded guilty to three felony charges but moved at the last minute to rescind the pleas. She was unsuccessful because such a request had to be made at least five days before her sentencing hearing.

She appealed the convictions and prison sentence and paid a bondsman to get out of jail.

Audubon County Attorney Sarah Jennings asked on Tuesday for a judge to require that Bailey pay $15,000 cash to stay out but was denied.

However, the judge restricted her travel. Bailey must remain in Iowa with one exception — she is also allowed to travel to Omaha, Nebraska.

It’s unclear how long it will take for Bailey’s appeal to conclude.