Bond for couple accused of abusing foster kids lowered

Glenda and Stacy Griffin (KSN Photo)

GARDEN CITY, Kansas – Glenda and Stacy Griffin appeared in court Thursday morning via webcam from their separate jail cells. They’re charged with abusing eight foster children in their care.

Glenda Griffin is charged with nine counts of child abuse and one count of child endangerment. She wiped tears and got emotional during the court proceeding. The accused foster mom is also a case manager at a mental hospital and operated her own day care up until 1999. Her bond was initially set at $300,000 which the couple’s attorney argued was unreasonably high.

The same was argued for Stacy Griffin, who is charged with two counts of child abuse. His bond was initially $100,000.

Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier said those amounts were fitting. “These people were entrusted with children from across the state as foster parents, and that is an extreme trust that the state has placed in them that was breached.”

In the short hearing, Judge Pierce substantially lowered the couple’s bond amounts, making it easier for them to get out of jail.  He said the pair did not pose an immediate threat to the public, and they are not a flight risk.

Glenda Griffin’s bond set at $60,000. It is a $240,000 drop. Stacy Griffin’s bond was dropped to $30,000 Both were given the condition that they not make contact with any of the children named in the case. “If there is any contact at all with any of those children, that will revoke your bond, and it’ll be raised up again,” said Judge Ricklin Pierce, Finney County.

The pair is expected to be back in court September 29th.

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