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Anna Gristina is originally from Edinburgh

Anna Gristina is originally from Edinburgh

Anna Gristina is originally from Edinburgh

A suburban mother accused of running a multimillion-dollar Manhattan escort service is seeking a reduction in bail terms on account of her nine-year-old son's health.

Lawyers for Anna Gristina, who is being held on a two million dollar (£1.3 million) bond while she faces charges over promoting prostitution, said in court papers that the boy has been diagnosed with a heart murmur.

Lawyer Norman Pattis said a doctor concluded Gristina's absence at least contributed to the condition. Most children recover without permanent problems.

Gristina, of Monroe, New York, but who is originally from Edinburgh, has been held on a two million dollar bond since her February arrest. She is seeking a reduction in bail, citing her son's medical needs.

The Manhattan district attorney's office has declined to comment.

Prosecutors claim Gristina peddled prostitutes for 15 years and boasted that she had law-enforcement contacts. Gristina's lawyers have said she was merely starting a matchmaking business.

She has pleaded not guilty to promoting prostitution.

PA