Tamera S. Wade, 46, was convicted of Class D felony theft in December and given a 2 1/2-year sentence, 18 months of which was to be served on home detention. On June 11, she was arrested and accused of violating the terms of her house arrest.
On Tuesday, an initial hearing on a petition to revoke Wade's home detention was held. Special Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Milligan set a fact finding hearing in Wade's case for July 22, and ordered Wade held at the Putnam County Jail without bond until then.
Wade burst into tears as Tuesday's proceedings closed.
"I want my baby," she sobbed to her mother, husband and oldest son, who were all seated behind her in court.
Court documents said Wade left her home without permission on several occasions while on house arrest. It is also alleged that she failed to provide written documentation to Putnam County Community Corrections and provided them with false information about her comings and goings.
Wade's attorney Darrell Felling entered a denial of the allegations on behalf of his client.
Felling said in his estimation, Wade had been "arrested falsely." He said the affidavit of probable cause in Wade's case, which was filed by Putnam County Community Corrections, was "inappropriate," and that he believed any petitions against his client should have been filed by the state through the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office.
He also said the paperwork in the case, including the warrants, were filed June 12 -- the day after Wade was arrested.
Felling said because the court placed Wade on probation, he felt the court should have issued the warrant for her arrest and filed the affidavit of probable cause.
"I need to research these issues and figure out who had the authority to revoke and arrest."
Felling said he may file further complaints.
Felling requested that Wade be released on bond. He pointed out that Wade had no prior criminal convictions and strong family ties to the community.
Putnam County Deputy Prosecutor Justin Long said the state was vehemently opposed to Wade being released on bond.
"In my opinion, bond would be like a reward for not following the rules," Long said.
Wade was arrested in September. She admitted to stealing over $130,000 from former employer Edward Wood & Co. in Greencastle over a four-year period.