By Mei Perez
SANTA MARIA, CA- Brenda Hidalgo —claiming she had serious health issues, including diabetes and heart problems—this week asked Judge Patricia Kelly here in Santa Barbara County Superior Court for permission to be released from custody.
The court records listed she was being held for an alleged probation violation.
A major concern regarding Hidalgo staying in jail was her health, he said, noting that in addition to having diabetes, she needed an EKG for her heart, and had a blood infection. He argued that this made her especially “vulnerable” in prison, where COVID has been known to run rampant.
However, Hidalgo’s extensive history of probation violations and not appearing in court, which goes back to last year, complicated the matter. The district attorney pointed out that her record would make releasing her from custody unadvisable.