Accused NYC madam cites son's health in bail bid

AP News
Posted: Jun 01, 2012 8:33 PM
Accused NYC madam cites son's health in bail bid

A suburban mother accused of running a multimillion-dollar Manhattan escort service is making a new argument for getting out of jail: her 9-year-old son's health.

Anna Gristina's lawyer said in court papers filed Friday that the boy was recently diagnosed with a heart murmur.

Lawyer Norman Pattis says a doctor concluded Gristina's absence at least contributed to the condition. Most children recover without permanent problems.

Gristina has been jailed on $2 million bond since her February arrest. She's seeking a reduction in bail, citing her son's medical needs.

The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment.

Prosecutors say Gristina peddled prostitutes for 15 years and boasted that she had law-enforcement contacts. Gristina's lawyers have said she was merely starting a matchmaking business.

She's pleaded not guilty to promoting prostitution.