Emmett woman charged in Taryn Summers case returns to court
Connie Smith, 54, was arrested after investigators found the body of a missing 8-year-old in a garbage bag.
EMMETT, Idaho – Connie Ann Smith was back in a Gem County courtroom on Tuesday morning.
Woman Emmett, 54, is accused of failing to report death and destruction of evidence after police found the body of her 8-year-old granddaughter in a plastic garbage bag in a parked car in front of his home at the beginning of the month. .
The deceased daughter is believed to be Taryn Summers, who was reported missing on April 12.
Authorities have not officially released the victim’s name or cause of death, although Gem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder has said the corpse is Taryn Summers.
In court on Tuesday, Judge Tyler Smith heard a motion to grant Connie Smith a public defender. The judge questioned Smith about his income and assets.
Smith told the judge that she owned her home on Airport Road, worth around $ 200,000, but had a medical lien that she estimated to be around $ 8,000. She claimed to have no income. She also owns an older truck and motorcycle.
The judge appointed her public defender against reimbursement.
His next court appearance is scheduled for 3 p.m. on May 3. Currently, Smith is in the Gem County Jail on $ 800,000 bail.
Smith was originally incarcerated in Ada County Jail for first degree murder, but he is not currently facing murder charges. If found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in prison for failing to notify the charge, and up to five years for destroying evidence.
Two of Taryn’s siblings, Tristan Conner Sexton, 17, and Taylor Summers, 14, are both considered runaways and are not in immediate danger. MPs say the two have had frequent contact with family members since their disappearance.
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