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Woman jailed after return to Spokane

A woman found in Portland with two children who’d been ordered to return to state custody is back in Spokane.

Patricia J. Lyons, 25, is in Spokane County Jail on $15,000 bond for one count of second-degree assault, to which she pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Spokane police say she stabbed her ex-boyfriend April 3. The alleged stabbing caused Child Protective Services to order Lyons’ 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son back to state custody, but Lyons left Spokane before police could locate them.

Portland police found Lyons’ daughter at an elementary school on Thursday. Police found Lyons and her son at a nearby motel.

“She wasn’t fleeing. She was just moving,” said her lawyer, David Partovi, during her first appearance in Spokane County Superior Court.

Partovi helped Lyons turn herself in Monday night.



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