Bond set for mother accused of capital murder in 7-month-old’s death


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – An El Paso County court has set bond for Johnnette Dukes at $800,000 after she was jailed on suspicion of capital murder in connection to the death of her 7-month-old son.

County records show Dukes remains in the Downtown El Paso jail after a bond hearing was held for her on Wednesday afternoon.

Dukes, 19, was arrested on Monday after she reported her son, A’Legend Dukes, missing on May 8. Police say they searched for the child in and around the residence and found him inside a laundry basket underneath pile clothing, according to police documents.

Police performed attempted CPR but the infant was pronounced dead at a hospital. There was no evidence to support that the seven-month-old crawled or climbed into the laundry basket himself, police wrote.

Family came to Duke’s defense after police announced she had been arrested. Timoteo Elizondo, the baby’s uncle, said he did not believe Dukes was guilty of playing a role in her baby’s death.

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