BOSTON — The Massachusetts Bail Fund posted bail for a local mom accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a Dorchester trash can in February, a source close to the case told 25 Investigates.
That mom, previously identified as 33-year-old Marie Merisier, was being held on $100,000 cash bail and faces charges of child endangerment and attempted murder.
The Massachusetts Bail Fund release a statement regarding the report, confirming that they had posted the full bail for Merisier. That statement reads, in part:
We united as a coalition to post bail for Marie Merisier who is deserving of what we all are deserving of - compassion, support and adequate resources. The overtly punitive $100k bail that was imposed on Marie meant her urgent mental health and healthcare needs would go unmet. Our worries were affirmed when she was being deprived of basic hygienic necessities. We have a constitutional right to post bail and we do so to protect people from the catastrophe of pre-trial detention which increases chances of conviction, longer sentences and prevents access to the support needed to fight one’s case. We do believe in individual and community accountability which the community has a shared responsibility in addressing, not prisons. This is long-term work. We are committed to encircling Marie and other Black women with the resources they need to not only survive but heal and thrive.— Massachusetts Bail Fund
Read the full statement from the Massachusetts Bail Fund here.
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