Wife of ex-Phoenix PD detective in court for murder charge after missing original arraignment

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The wife of a former Phoenix police detective is scheduled to appear in court for a murder charge regarding the abuse death of the detective's 7-year-old daughter. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The wife of a former Phoenix police detective is scheduled to appear in court for a murder charge regarding the abuse death of the detective's 7-year-old daughter. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Nearly a year ago, Sanaa was rushed to urgent care because she was having trouble breathing. She also had bruises and scratches all over her body, according to police records. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Nearly a year ago, Sanaa was rushed to urgent care because she was having trouble breathing. She also had bruises and scratches all over her body, according to police records. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Germayne, who ended a 12-year career with the Phoenix Police Department in September, appeared in court on Jan. 2. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Germayne, who ended a 12-year career with the Phoenix Police Department in September, appeared in court on Jan. 2. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The wife of a former Phoenix police detective appeared in court Tuesday for a murder charge regarding the abuse death of the detective's 7-year-old daughter.

Lisa Cunningham was supposed to appear in court on Jan. 2 with her husband, Germayne Cunningham. However, her husband had taken her to the hospital for an unknown reason.

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Released with electronic monitoring like her husband, she was required to produce documentation that she went to the hospital and did not purposely miss court.

In accordance with Germayne's release earlier this month, the judge ruled that Lisa, who entered a not guilty plea, can continue to live with her husband but they are enjoined from discussing the case. Lisa also will be permitted to have contact with her children.

While the state claimed that Lisa, an Australian citizen, will do anything to avoid the charges she faces, including two documented suicide attempts, the defense argued that if she were going to flee, she would have done so during the 10 months of investigation leading up to the indictment of her and her husband.

[WATCH RAW VIDEO: Lisa Cunningham's court appearance]

The defense pointed out that Lisa has not left the U.S. in seven years and that her passport has expired.

Lisa is due back in court in March.

Lisa and Germayne were indicted by a grand jury in December for the death of his 7-year-old daughter, Sanaa Cunningham.

Nearly a year ago, Sanaa was rushed to urgent care because she was having trouble breathing. She also had bruises and scratches all over her body, according to police records.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Former Phoenix police detective facing murder charges following death of 7-year-old daughter]

Sanaa later died in the hospital.

Germayne, who ended a 12-year career with the Phoenix Police Department in September, appeared in court on Jan. 2.

Germayne’s lawyer argued against the $1 million bond, pointing out that his client never tried to run during the investigation prior to his daughter’s death or after.

The lawyer also cited Germayne’s time in law enforcement.

[WATCH RAW VIDEO: Germayne Cunningham's court appearance]

"Clearly Mr. Cunningham is at risk within the jail community," Joshua Clark said. He also promised that Germayne ";will continue to show up for all of his court hearings [and] continue to work to clear his name and try to help figure out what specifically did happen." 

The judge sided with the defense and released Germayne to Pretrial Services, which means he will not be in jail while awaiting trial. He will, however, have to wear an ankle monitor and adhere to a curfew.

Plus, Germayne will be allowed to live with his wife Lisa, but the judge warned the couple to avoid discussing the case.

[RELATED: Arizona Department of Child Safety Statement on the Death of 7-year old Sanaa Cunningham]

When Sanna died, the Cunninghams told police that she had a history of mental illness and would frequently hurt herself.

Sanaa’s biological mother, Sylvia Norwood, said her daughter was fine and showed no signs of abuse or neglect when she last saw her in December 2015, a little more than a year before Sanaa died.

"Things just began to change over the last couple of years and to be honest, I want to know what happened," Norwood said, claiming that Germayne started to deny her visitation.

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The Goodyear Police Department launched its investigation into Sanaa’s death on Feb. 12. It went on for 10 months, culminating in the indictment of the Cunninghams on 10 counts of child abuse and one count of first-degree murder.

The couple was never taken into custody.

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