There are many reasons a pregnant teenager ended up in jail a week before her baby’s due date, a source close to the case said yesterday — and it wasn’t just to make sure she shows up in court today to testify at the domestic assault trial of her boyfriend.
Noellee Mowatt, 19, has been locked up for 11 days for a number of reasons, the source said:
>> She tried to run away from police, moving from shelter to shelter, lying about her name and whereabouts.
>> She skipped out on court when she was facing a shoplifting charge.
>> When Mowatt, who is due to deliver a baby girl Tuesday, was finally arrested, she didn’t have anyone to post her bail.
And even though there were two warrants out for her arrest — a bench warrant for failing to appear at a January court date for theft under $5,000 and a material witness warrant — the source said, Mowatt told police she wouldn’t co-operate with them.
“She rebuffed,” the source said. “She told officers, ‘I will not come to court.’ There was no recanting of the story. Her line was, ‘Whatever you do, I won’t come to court.’”