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Mother set to admit child neglect

by Sheila Gardner
sgardner@recordcourier.com

The mother of a 3-month-old girl who suffered two skull fractures and a fractured leg is to plead guilty Nov. 29 in district court to allegations that she was unable to protect the infant because of her drug use.

Allisha Haltom, 25, waived a preliminary hearing Friday and is to plead guilty to child abuse, endangerment or neglect.

In a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, Haltom will not be charged with causing substantial bodily harm. Two drug charges are to be dismissed after she enters her guilty plea.

“Her drug use prevented her from caring for the child,” said Kris Brown, Haltom’s attorney.

The baby’s father, Jonathan P. Flagg, pleaded not guilty to felony child abuse or neglect. He is set for trial March 19 before District Judge Dave Gamble.

The baby was hospitalized Oct. 19 with two skull fractures, a fractured femur and other injuries. She was released to the custody of Child Protective Services.

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Shortly after Haltom’s arrest, she was charged with possession of a controlled substance, and using and/or being under the influence of a controlled substance, heroin.

Deputies reportedly found heroin in her clothing when she was taken into custody.

The criminal complaint stated that she continually placed the baby in the care of Flagg knowing that he was physically abusing the infant or knowing that the abuse was likely to happen.

East Fork Justice Tom Perkins set a Jan. 18 date for dismissal of the drug charges.

Prosecutor Tom Gregory said Haltom faces up to six years in prison. Both sides have agreed to recommend a sentence of 12-30 months.