Updated: September 14, 2014 6:27AM
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez ordered the release of medical records related to the pregnancy of a 17-year-old charged with murder in her mother’s death.
Vasquez agreed to narrow the request by the state to focus only on whether Alyssa A. Barrett of Crown Point is pregnant. Deputy prosecutor Sabrina Haney had told Vasquez last week that the pregnancy issue fits with the state’s theory of the case.
Barrett and her boyfriend, Demarius McGriggs, 18, of Merrillville, are charged with murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in the July 3 death of DeCarol Deloney-Cain, 54, a long-time flight attendant for United Airlines. Deloney-Cain’s body was found on July 7 bound with duct tape and wrapped in plastic garbage bags in the trunk of her car, which was abandoned in the area of 21st Avenue and Mississippi Street in Gary.
Court records indicate that Barrett and McGriggs had argued with Deloney-Cain over Barrett’s pregnancy. Barrett told police in an interview three days after her mother’s body was found that she and her mother had a fight about the pregnancy a few days before he death, and that her mother had been trying to convince her not to have the baby, which angered the teen couple, court records state.
Barrett will be back in court next week for a hearing on whether she must provide a DNA sample requested by Haney.