Lydia Price's court case continued

Attorney: 'She's never been in trouble before'

Lydia Price, the mother of a dead Berwyn teen who was charged with felony neglect to a disabled child resulting in death last week, had her case continued in court this morning.

Price, 47, appeared tense and nervous during her hearing at the Circuit Court of Cook County's Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood. The Berwyn resident didn't say a word during the entire hearing.

Fourth District Court Judge Gilbert Grossi granted her continuance, asked for by Price's private defense attorney, Sam Haddad. Haddad said the case will be indicted by a grand jury.

"She's really confused about what her options were," Haddad told the press after the hearing. "She's never been in trouble before."

Her next court date is Oct. 7, where the state will be entering a motion to increase her bond. She paid $10,000 bail on Tuesday to be released from Cook County Jail.

Haddad said Price is now living with her brother in Justice. Wearing a turquoise blouse, black pants and tennis shoes, she was accompanied in court this morning by a woman whom Haddad said he didn't know, either a friend or a relative.

There is no plea at this time. It will come during arraignment.

Haddad would not comment on Price's charges, which include two felonies and six misdemeanor counts related to neglect and animal cruelty. Her son, 14-year-old Matthew Degner, died Thursday of broncial pneumonia.

Police found Price and Degner to be living in squalor last week, along with four other children, their 77-year-old grandmother and more than 200 wild and domestic animals.