Bond raised to $250,000 in child neglect death

Bond has been increased to $250,000 for the mother of a Hastings boy killed last month with a rifle fired by his brother.

Adams County Attorney Donna Fegler Daiss Friday filed a motion to raise the bond for Amanda Pecor, 29, and her boyfriend Matthew Edwards, 30, both of 907 N. Saunders Ave.

Pecor and Edwards were charged with negligent child abuse that resulted in death Thursday and warrant were issued for their arrests. Initially, bond was set at $50,000, with 10 percent needed to secure release.

Adams County Judge Michael Burns raised the bond to $250,000 after considering a motion requesting that it be raised.

The motion stated that the two were given until Friday morning to turn themselves in on the warrants. The motion states that at about 3 p.m. Friday, Pecor and Edwards were arrested in the company of one another, and the car was packed and the two had a large amount of cash on hand.

Edwards and Pecor each face a count of negligent child abuse resulting in death, a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

According to an arrest affidavit, the two had been warned to lock up firearms and any other weapons because of the behavior exhibited by the victim’s 9-year-old brother in the months leading up to the fatal shooting that occurred April 18.

Beau Pecor, 4, died after being shot by his brother in the home. The brother, who is not being identified due to his age, has been charged with juvenile manslaughter in the death.

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