The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office filed an emergency motion and 40th District Court Judge Mark Fratarcangeli upped Donna Scrivo’s bond from the $100,000 that was set at her arraignment Monday in St. Clair Shores to $250,000.
Scrivo, who turned 60 on Wednesday, remains in custody at the county jail on charges of disinterment and mutilation of the body of her son, Ramsay Scrivo, 32, and removing a dead body without permission of the medical examiner.
During Tuesday’s hearing, it was disclosed that Scrivo owns a home in St. Clair Shores valued at about $150,000, that she received two insurance payments last summer totaling $175,000, that she owns a 2012 Ford Escape valued at $19,000 and that she withdrew $8,100 from her bank account four days before her arrest last week, according to the prosecutor's office.
It also was disclosed that she had been been rushed from the jail to a local hospital when she complained of pain and talked about hurting herself. She is housed in the jail’s mental health ward.
“The people need a very high bond in his case,” Prosecutor Eric Smith said. “This defendant represents an obvious danger to the community and to herself, and is a significant flight risk.”
Scrivo also was referred for evaluations on competency and criminal responsibility.
A message was left for Mark Haddad, Scrivo’s court-appointed attorney.
Scrivo is not charged with murder and authorities have revealed no motive in the unusual case that is making national news and revives memories of Stephen Grant killing and dismembering his wife, Tara Grant, in Macomb County years ago.
Authorities continue to investigate the case and said Monday that they plan to bring more charges later.
Authorities said Scrivo filed a missing person’s report on her son Jan. 27 and his remains were found in bags days later along roads in rural China and St. Clair townships in St. Clair County. She was living with her son after a fire at her home on Rosedale last year.
Immediately after her husband died last year — an event that took a toll on her son — she petitioned to have him hospitalized because he was threatening suicide, and she became his guardian. Court records show doctors diagnosed him with psychosis, and that he was paranoid and suicidal.
An e-mail from James Scrivo, who identified himself as Donna Scrivo’s nephew, said that no one in his extended family wants to discuss the incident at this time and “we are still coming to grips with the loss of our family member.” It stated there will be no public funeral for his cousin and a memorial service, when it is held, will be for family only.
Donna Scrivo was fired from St. John Hospital and Medical Center in 2004 after 15 years for purported negligence that included incidents of leaving medication at patients’ bedside and failing to respond to a patient’s chest pain complaints, according to Macomb Circuit Court records.
The prosecutor’s office did not state how Scrivo obtained the insurance money, but there was a fire at her home July 31.
By Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press (MCT)