Mother of girl killed in Chenango Co. arrested on Bench warrant, deputies say
NORWICH, N.Y. —
The mother of a girl slain in Chenango County has been arrested on a Bench warrant for an alleged theft in 2014, according to the Chenango County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say 38-year-old Mandy O'Connor, also known as Mandy Martinez, was arrested Wednesday morning on an active Bench warrant issued by the Town of Norwich Court. The Bench warrant was issued in December 2014 for failing to appear for a petit larceny charge, according to the Sheriff's Office.
O'Connor was taken into custody without incident in Norwich, according to the Sheriff's Office. She was arraigned and sent to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $500 cash bail, according to deputies. As of Wednesday afternoon she was still in custody, according to an official at the jail.
Mandy is the mother of Jacelyn O'Connor, who investigators say was murdered in Chenango County. On Tuesday, Mandy told reporters she hadn't seen her daughter in more than three years because of a battle with addiction. She had come to the Town of Norwich court, where hearings were being held for two men accused of killing her daughter.
The two men, James Brower and Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, are accused of killing Jacelyn by smothering her as they raped her.
The Chenango County DA's office says Brower's two sons were O'Connor's half-brothers.
State Police say O'Connor was found dead by patrols responding to a home on County Route 33 in Norwich on Sunday, after receiving reports of an 11-year-old girl in cardiac arrest.
Troopers say Brower lived at the home.