Man jailed on allegation of fracturing baby’s skull, leg
October 20, 2011
A 31-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man, with a prior conviction for child abuse, was jailed Wednesday on $25,000 bail, accused of fracturing his 3-month-old daughter’s skull and leg.
Jonathan P. Flagg is to appear Friday in East Fork Justice Court on a felony charge of child abuse and neglect.
Deputies were called to his residence on Wednesday after he said the baby fell off a bed.
Paramedics transported the infant to Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center. 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.
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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 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.