Travel Request Denied for Woman Charged With Leaving Disabled Men in Hot Van

An Elgin woman accused of leaving four disabled men in a hot van in Evergreen Park will not be able leave the state to join her family for Thanksgiving, a Cook County judge ruled Tuesday.

Pre-trial investigations have concluded in the case against a 47-year-old Elgin woman who is accused of leaving four disabled men in a hot van in a Walmart parking lot last summer, attorneys for both sides announced at a hearing Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Cook County Judge Colleen Ann Hyland denied a request from Kathy Reed's attorney to allow Reed to travel out of state to be with her family for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Police say Reed was the caretaker for the four men, who were residents of the Blue Island-based Greenwood Home and ranged in age from 40 to 60 years old. She was charged with felony criminal neglect of a person with a disability on June 28.

Reed was released on $20,000 bond and remains on electronic monitoring.

Reed's attorney, Kenan Obaid, told the judge that Reed has no family in Illinois and wanted to go out of state.

"She can't be monitored outside of Cook County," Hylan responded. "That request is respectfully denied."

Obaid declined comment on the case after the hearing. Reed is set to appear in court for status on Nov. 29.


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