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Pregnancy delays Lorain woman's trial

LORAIN — Erica Perez’s criminal proceedings were postponed because she is due to give birth to another child in two weeks.

Perez, a mother of eight, was arrested July 5 after police said she was intoxicated, screaming at her neighbors on Long Avenue. Police said seven of Perez’s children — one was not home at the time — were covered in filth and living in a home that contained little food and only a single, crib-sized mattress.

Perez spent some time in jail but now is free on bond. Attorney William Willis, who represents Perez, said Perez has been attending a chemical dependency treatment program at Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.

A final pretrial was scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 8 so prosecutors could examine new evidence.

Perez’s children were taken out of her care after Lorain County Children Services had an emergency custody hearing after her arrest.

LCCS spokeswoman Patti-Jo Burtnett said the agency has developed a plan involving the custody of Perez’s unborn child, but Burtnett said the details of that plan were confidential and need to be approved by the court.

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