LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The aunt of two toddlers killed in a suspected DUI crash in North Las Vegas last month had her bail reduced from $100,000 to $50,000 during a court appearance Wednesday morning.
Kaleah Manning, 25, appeared in North Las Vegas Justice Court. Following the deadly crash on Sunday, Dec. 11, police said Manning’s blood alcohol level was measured at .191, nearly twice the legal limit in Nevada.
North Las Vegas police said speeding and impairment caused Manning to lose control of the mini-van, sideswiping trees, hitting a light pole and a wall, and then crashing into a palm tree head-on. Her sister, 23-year-old Raenysa Washington, was a passenger and had her two young children in the van but neither child was in child restraints as required by Nevada law.
Rose Wilmer, 2, was decapitated in the crash and her sister Taylor Wilmer, 3, died at the hospital.
The deputy district attorney argued loudly against reducing Manning’s bail but Judge Natalie Tyrell did reduce it to $50,000 because Manning didn’t pose a flight risk and had family support. Judge Tyrell ordered that Manning would be on high-level electronic monitoring if she makes bail.
Washington, the children’s mother, posted a $25,000 bail before Christmas and wasn’t present in the courtroom. She is facing charges of child endangerment.
The attorneys representing the suspects, Dan Winder and Arnold Weinstocks, told 8 News Now that Manning denies the allegations against her despite police body camera footage of the crash scene and her behind the wheel.
“She has denied these allegations,” Weinstock said while addressing Judge Tyrrell. “The only thing, allegedly, she has done wrong, is that she was driving a mobile vehicle while under the influence.”
They cite mechanical concerns with the car’s power steering, the car that police documents show was taken from a “friend” of Manning the night of the crash. The DA’s office said it is not reason enough for her release.
Clark County Deputy District Attorney Yu Meng referenced Manning’s prior criminal history, which includes giving an officer a hematoma during a 2016 high school fight and throwing hot coffee on two store employees in 2018, as a reason to keep her in custody.
“Two toddlers died. What kind of assurance is this, with that history of decision-making problems, assures this community that this defendant is going to make the good decision while out?” Meng loudly asked the judge.
Despite these concerns, Judge Tyrrell sliced Manning’s bail in half to $50,000 on the condition she remains on house arrest with high-level electronic monitoring if posted. The attorneys additionally argued she does not pose a flight risk and has family support to comply with the courts.
Despite police body camera footage of the crash scene that shows Manning behind the wheel of the vehicle, her attorneys argue she is innocent until proven guilty.
“It’s not over until it’s over, and we are in the process of preparing our case and trying to bolster our position, as the state obviously is going to try to bolster their position. But, that is what courts are for,” Weinstock told 8 News Now after court.
Manning is facing the following charges:
- Three counts of DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm or death
- Two counts of child abuse/neglect resulting in death
- Operating a vehicle with a suspended registration
- Two counts of operating a vehicle without child safety restraints
- No proof of insurance
- Failure to maintain a travel lane
- Two counts of child restraint violation
If convicted, Judge Tyrrell told the court that “she’s going to face prison time.”
Both the DA’s office and attorneys agreed to examine the crashed vehicle together before the next court date on Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Winder told 8 News Now that the family is holding a funeral for Rose and Taylor on Thursday.