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A 43-year-old Racine woman faces felony charges of bail jumping and interfering with child custody, along with a misdemeanor count of child neglect in two different criminal complaints filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court.

The bail-jumping charge filed against Vania F. Hayes carries up to $30,000 and up to 10 years three months in prison. Hayes was due back in court Tuesday afternoon for a return on a warrant/initial appearance.

According to the criminal complaints:
She was charged with bail jumping because she allegedly failed to appear for a court date Jan. 16 relating to the original case against her.

The original case stems from an incident that happened on April 22, 2017. When police were dispatched to a residence on Memorial Drive. Police spoke with a female, who stated Hayes asked her to watch her two-year-old daughter for a few hours and had not returned to pick her up.

When Hayes dropped the child off at 12:30 a.m., the woman stated she appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The woman further stated she tried to contact the defendant a number of times throughout the day, and finally called police at 9:17 p.m.

The woman also stated the child was dropped off with a set of day clothes, two diapers, and a few non-essential items, but no bottles to feed her.

Police were unable to locate the defendant that night. A check with her caseworker revealed the child had been taken from her custody, and that Hayes was aware of that placement. Police took custody of the child and placed her in foster care. The complaint also states that Hayes did not return a call or make contact regarding her child’s well

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.