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Bail stands for father accused of injuring infant daughter

by Sheila Gardner
sgardner@recordcourier.com

Bail remained at $25,000 Wednesday for a Gardnerville Ranchos man accused of fracturing his 3-month-old daughter’s skull and leg.

East Fork Justice Pro Tem Paul Gilbert refused to lower the bail for Jonathan P. Flagg, 31, who is charged with felony child abuse or neglect.

Flagg’s lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said his client couldn’t afford to post bail.

He asked that the amount be lowered, or that Flagg be released on his own recognizance.

“Mr. Flagg has never failed to appear for any of his court appearances. His home is here, he has lived here virtually his entire life,” Lopez said.

“His child is here, obviously the source of the charges against him, but if he ever hopes to have a relationship with her, he would have to appear in court,” Lopez said.

Prosecutor Erik Levin opposed the request.

“He (Flagg) has got a prior felony conviction. This is a serious charge, he has two prior convictions for child abuse. I think the bail is appropriate,” Levin said.

Deputies were called to Flagg’s residence Oct. 19 after he said the baby fell off a bed.

Investigators were contacted after medical personnel concluded the injuries were not consistent with a fall.

According to the sheriff’s report, the baby, who was born July 15, had two skull fractures, a fractured leg, bruising and other injuries.

Deputies said Flagg appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

After he gave them permission to search his residence, officers found 20 hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Flagg reportedly told deputies he had used methamphetamine on Tuesday.

He has had eight prior contacts with law enforcement since 2000.

Flagg was sentenced in 2004 to one year in Douglas County Jail after he pleaded guilty to two gross misdemeanor counts of child abuse and neglect involving injuries inflicted on a six-month-old baby boy.

The child suffered bite marks, skull fractures and other head injuries. The baby’s mother – Flagg’s then-girlfriend – was sent to prison in connection with the crime.

In December 2007, Flagg was ordered to serve nine months in Douglas County Jail for punching a man in the jaw during a fight at a Stateline night club.

In December 2009, he was ordered to serve 34 months in prison for failing to repay $1,600 in bad checks and using methamphetamine in violation of his probation on the check charge.

He was eligible for parole after 12 months.

Gilbert set another hearing for Wednesday, and confirmed a preliminary hearing for Nov. 4.