Area woman charged after allegedly alarming court advocate

Area woman charged after allegedly alarming court advocate

URBANA — A woman who allegedly followed and alarmed a court advocate for her child has been charged with a felony.

Kinny Redmon, 27, who listed addresses in Danville and Urbana, was arrested Friday when she showed up at the Champaign County courthouse to attend a juvenile court hearing involving her child.

Lt. Rich Surles said Urbana police officers were there waiting for her with a warrant issued Thursday.

She was charged with harassment of a witness in connection with an April 27 incident that happened in Urbana.

Surles said on that day, there was a juvenile court hearing regarding one of Redmon's children. After the hearing a volunteer from CASA (Court-Apponted Special Advocates), who had been in the hearing on behalf of Redmon's child, reported that she left the courthouse and was trying to avoid contact with Redmon.

Surles said the woman was on foot and took a "circuitous route" through downtown Urbana for more than a half-mile but noticed that Redmon was behind her. At one point, the woman turned and asked Redmon if she was following her but Redmon denied that she was.

Surles said the woman could hear Redmon talking but the only thing she could make out for certain was the phrase: "I'm not going to have mercy on your dog."

In September 2015, a Champaign County jury acquitted Redmon of animal torture after she was accused of putting a puppy in a hot oven, killing it, in June 2015 at the Urbana home of the father of her children.

Surles said the woman was alarmed by what she heard because she had shared news with Redmon's child that she had recently gotten a puppy.

Judge Jeff Ford set bond on the warrant for Redmon at $50,000. She is expected to make a court appearance Monday. If convicted of the Class 2 felony, she faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

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