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Lawyer: Suspect in missing girl hoax ill

Judge orders defendant be held on $100,000 bond

Donna Lynette Walker, 35, turned herself in to authorities this week.
Donna Lynette Walker, 35, turned herself in to authorities this week.

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TOPEKA, Kansas (CNN) -- A Kansas judge set a $100,000 bond for the woman accused of claiming she was the long-lost daughter of an Indiana family.

Dorothy Lynette Walker, 35, turned herself in Thursday to authorities in Topeka. She appeared in court Friday for the bond hearing.

Walker's attorney, Bill Rork, said Friday that his client has a history of mental illness and may have neglected to take her medication.

Rork said that his client has suffered from multiple-personality disorder. The judge denied his request for a reduction in her bond.

Before surrendering, Walker told ABC News, "My only intention was to help the investigation and certainly not hinder it in any way."

She added that she was not guilty of any of the charges.

Walker was booked as a fugitive from justice, based on a felony warrant from Boone County, Indiana, on a charge of identity deception. She also faces a false reporting charge.

Police say Walker phoned the parents of Shannon Marie Sherrill and claimed that she might be Shannon, who has been missing since 1986. Shannon was 6 years old when she vanished while playing outside her house near Indianapolis.

In addition to the Indiana case, police said Walker may have given false information to police in six other cases.

The prosecutor has said that he will seek a four-year sentence for Walker if she is convicted.

Rork said it is up to society to determine whether such people need treatment "or if they need to be locked up, and the judge will ultimately make that decision, if there's found to be any criminal culpability."

The missing girl's mother, Dorothy Sherrill, said she is happy that Walker is in custody. "I am excited in some ways, but it still hasn't brought my daughter home," she said.

CNN Correspondent Jeff Flock contributed to this report.


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