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Drug charges filed against mother of injured infant

by Sheila Gardner
sgardner@recordcourier.com

Additional charges have been filed against the mother of a 3-month old infant accused of leaving her daughter in the care of the baby’s father, knowing he would harm the child.

Allisha Haltom, 25, was arraigned Monday, on possession of a controlled substance and using and/or being under the influence of a controlled substance, heroin.

Haltom is to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday with her court-appointed lawyer, Kris Brown.

She was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of child abuse, neglect or endangerment, causing substantial bodily harm. At the time of her arrest, she allegedly admitted using heroin. A balloon of heroin was found in her sweatshirt, according to reports.

Haltom, 25, is the mother of baby born July 15 who suffered two skull fractures and a fractured leg allegedly at the hands of her father, Jonathan Flagg, 31.

Flagg was charged with felony child abuse or neglect in connection with the Oct. 19 incident.

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According to the criminal complaint, Haltom continually placed the baby in the care of Flagg knowing that he was physically abusing her or knowing that abuse was likely to happen.

The charge also states that Haltom was incapable of caring for or protecting the child because she was under the influence of controlled substances, resulting in the infant sustaining two skull fractures, a fractured femur, bruising and other injuries.

The baby is in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Haltom was jailed on $36,257 bail; Flagg’s bail is $25,000.

He is to appear Tuesday before District Judge Dave Gamble following a preliminary hearing last week.

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.