UPDATE: Ex-probation officer can return with child she allegedly bought

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UPDATE: Oct. 15, 3:00 p.m.

During a hearing on Friday, courtroom sources say District Attorney John Gillespie called the Texas Ranger who led the investigation and the attorney who represents Brenda Lee Velasquez to testify.

On the stand, both expressed concern about what will happen to the child and that McKnight would flee the state with the child.

The court has considered the argument of both the Defendant McKnight’s attorney and that of the State and the applicable facts and laws.

It is the Court’s decision to sustain the Defendant’s objection to the bond requirement that she stay 1,000 feet away from the newly adopted child.

She can’t leave the state, but McKnight can be within 1,000 feet of the child. McKnight may return to live in her home pending resolution of her case.

All other relief is denied.

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — In the coming days, the Presiding Judge in 78th District Court, Jim Hogan will decide if he will change the bond conditions for an ex-probation officer charged with purchasing a child.

Nicole McKnight is one of numerous former probation department employees and supervisors who resigned or were dismissed in an investigation into alleged illegal and improper actions.

Mcknight was charged in the purchase of a child after authorities say she paid and did favors for a probationer in return for being allowed to adopt her baby when it was born.

Mcknight’s attorney is seeking to change her bond conditions so she can leave the state and see the baby she attempted to adopt.

Bond conditions now prohibit McKnight from being within 1,000 feet of the child.

District attorney John Gillespie says he is opposing the changes because McKnight can not be trusted around the child.

The complaint filed by a Texas Ranger alleges McKnight told Brenda Velasquez she would pay her probation fees, and make payments on an apartment if allowed to adopt her baby when born.

The allegations came out during a revocation hearing for Velasquez last May.

Continue to stick with Texoma’s Homepage as we work to gather more information and wait on the presiding Judge, Jim Hogan’s decision.

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