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August 20, 2013
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Mother gets four-year prison term for drugs, child abuse

The 27-year-old mother of an infant who was abused by her father was sent to prison Tuesday for drug use which she claimed led to the neglect of her baby.

Judge Tod Young ordered Allisha Haltom to serve up to four years in prison for child abuse, a crime to which she pleaded guilty in March 2012.

Haltom claimed she was under the influence of drugs which led to the abuse and neglect of her then three-month-old daughter at the hands of the baby’s father, Johnathan Flagg, in October 2011.

The baby suffered two skull fractures, a fractured femur and other injuries. The little girl is now 2 years old, and in the care of a family member. She recovered from her injuries.

Flagg was sentenced to 20 years in prison and is in custody in Lovelock.

Haltom has had multiple probation violations.

In February, Young ordered her to serve 60 days in Douglas County Jail for a probation violation, and warned her she would go to prison if she continued to use drugs or alcohol.

On Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to several new violations, including failure to report to her probation officer, use of methamphetamine, possession of drugs without prescription, failure to find or look for employment, and failure to complete court-ordered counseling.

“I am not going to apologize for my actions,” Haltom said. “I keep doing what I say I’m sorry for. I feel bad for that little girl. She deserves parents. She deserves a happy life. I haven’t given her that.”

Attorney Kris Brown said her client “was totally blind to the fact that she needed to fix herself.”

She said Haltom raced through programs “to get the quick fix” so she could get a job, find an apartment, and regain custody of her daughter.

“When I talk to her now, she finally says, ‘I am an addict, and I don’t know how to fix it,’” Brown said.

Brown said Haltom sought placement in the Reno Gospel Mission long-term residential treatment program.

Prosecutor Tom Gregory urged Young to sent Haltom to prison.

“There’s a long, sad history here,” Gregory said. “She’s had multiple opportunities, and it just hasn’t worked. She hasn’t shown she can be supervised.”

Young said Haltom would be free to seek treatment when she gets out of prison. He said putting her back on probation would lead to failure.

“Your daughter deserves a mom. You hooked up with a man who almost killed her, and that didn’t even affect you enough,” Young said.

He ticked off the drugs Haltom admitted using: methamphetamine, Percocet and Ambien.

“That’s not the story you want your daughter to tell her daughter about her mom,” he said.

He gave Haltom credit for 173 days in custody. She must serve a minimum of 12 months before she is eligible for parole.


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