Man accused of leaving his mother in the woods in Oneida while reporting her missing denied lower bail

Published 08/01 2014 12:32PM

Updated 08/01 2014 06:13PM

Oneida (WSYR-TV) – A man accused of leaving his mother in a wooded area in the city of Oneida while reporting to the authorities that she was missing won’t be assigned a public defender, nor will his bail be reduced, a judge ruled on Friday.

Tomas Zavalidroga has been charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Police say he left his mother in the wooded area near the Oneida Lowe’s location for three days, feeding at least one of those days.

He was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Zavalidroga has requested a public defender, but Judge Anthony Eppolito said he could not have one because he has at least $60,000 in assets.

In addition, Zavalidroga requested to have his bail reduced, but Eppolito denied that request as well.

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