SAEGERTOWN — A Cambridge Springs woman accused by Cambridge Springs Police of killing a 21-month-old girl in 2008 has been released on $100,000 bond pending her May trial in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas.

Melynda K. French, 25, was released

from the Crawford County Correction-

al Facility in Saegertown Friday after posting bond, jail officials confirmed Saturday. Though French has been released from jail on bond, she is on house arrest/electronic monitoring under a court order issued Wednesday by President Judge Gordon Miller.

French is charged by Cambridge Springs Police Department with third-degree criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly assaulting her fiancé’s daughter, Kierstan Alaina Bressette, Feb. 4, 2008, in the family’s 242 McClellan St. home in Cambridge Springs. The girl died Feb. 5, 2008, at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

At a hearing Wednesday in county court, Judge Miller agreed to reduce French’s bond from $250,000 to $100,000, but with house arrest and electronic monitoring, if bond was posted. French’s attorney John Elash and co-counsel James Ecker had asked the bond be reduced from $250,000 to just house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Under Miller’s order, French is required either to live with her parents or with an aunt in Cambridge Springs.

Miller also placed several other restrictions on French including she is not permitted to travel outside of Pennsylvania without a court order and to have no contact with anyone under age 18 without a responsible adult present.

French’s trial is scheduled to start May 11 in Crawford County Court.



Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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