Judge won’t lower bail for mother of abused baby | RecordCourier.com

Judge won’t lower bail for mother of abused baby

by Sheila Gardner

A preliminary hearing is Nov. 18 for the mother of a 3-month-old on charges that she left her daughter in the care of the baby’s father knowing he would harm the child.

East Fork Justice Pro Tem Paul Gilbert refused Wednesday to lower the $36,257 bail for Allisha Haltom, 25.

She is charged with felony child abuse, neglect or endangerment, causing substantial bodily harm in connection with an Oct. 19 incident in which her infant daughter was hospitalized with two skull fractures, a fractured femur and other injuries.

The baby’s father, Jonathan P. Flagg, 31, has been charged with felony child abuse or neglect. He is to appear Tuesday before District Judge Dave Gamble and is in Douglas County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Lawyer Kris Brown asked Wednesday that Haltom be released on her own recognizance. She said her client would live with her stepfather and be subject to house arrest under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing. The baby is in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Haltom also was charged with possession of a controlled substance, and using and/or being under the influence of a controlled substance, heroin.

Prosecutor Erik Levin asked that Haltom remain in custody.

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.