McKinnis could not be reached for comment Thursday. Her attorney, Jeff Box, called the bail amount “excessive.”
“She said some stuff she shouldn't have said,” Box said. “I don't think she's a threat to (McKenzie) or anybody else.”
Hefton said McKinnis called McKenzie without her knowledge.
“If she would have told me she was going to do something like this I would have told her not to do it,” Hefton said. “She feels horribly about it, that it has escalated into this type of situation.”
Cleveland County court records show McKinnis pleaded no contest in July 2004 to a misdemeanor assault and battery charge stemming from a “spanking incident” and received a 90-day suspended sentence.
McKinnis was originally charged with child abuse but prosecutors reduced the charge.
In July 1998, she pleaded guilty in Cleveland County to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show. She also pleaded guilty to a related charge and received a deferred sentence. Prosecutors dismissed two other charges, including possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to court records.
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