UPDATE 11:00 AM
Lasandra Dortch is accused of trying to hide her son after a shooting. However, it’s the manner in which she was arrested that really has her lawyer up in arms. Lawyer John White claims MPD investigators came to his office Friday claiming they did not have a warrant for Dortch’s arrest. White says they told him they only wanted to meet up with her so they could get a picture of her son for a photo line-up. White says that’s what he told his client. When she met with police she was wrestled to the ground and was hit with an assault charge. The lawyer said that could have escalated to a dangerous situation quickly.
“Proper procedure was not followed. Period. I was misled by the Mobile Police Department and as a result of me being misled my client was misled by me which was wrong. This could have ended really really bad because of the Mobile Police Department not being forthright with me when I’m asking them eye-to-eye,” said lawyer John White. The state claims Dortch took her son to his father’s house in Mississippi and claimed he was ill to try and hide him from law enforcement. Bond was set at more than $7,200.
A Mobile Police spokesman said they conducted an investigation and had probable cause to arrest her.
Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — Happening today the mobile mother arrested in connection with a shooting at Davidson High School is expected in court. Lasandra Dortch remains in jail this morning awaiting a bond hearing. Mobile Police arrested Lasandra Dortch and her son Friday for the shooting at Davidson High School during a basketball game that injured two people. The shooting happened two weeks ago.
Lasandra Dortch is facing charges of assault, hindering prosecution, and giving a false name to an officer. Police don’t believe she actually fired the shot, but helped her son who police say did fire the shots that injured two people. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste says he wants to send a message to parents that they will hold parents responsible for helping their children if they commit crimes.