Accused NYC madam cites son's health in bail bid

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Associated Press

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 1 at 9:31 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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