Jun 23, 2014 5:59 PM by Dave Fields
A 20-month-old baby undergoes surgery Monday after the child's mother, reportedly seeking the attention of the baby's father, allegedly throws the child out of a vehicle moving about 30 to 40 miles per hour, the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office (FPSO) reports.
According to FPSO, the baby's mother, Lasasha Allen, 23, of Winnsboro, allegedly had sent an attention-seeking text to the baby's father, prior to the incident, telling him that the child had fallen out of her vehicle and had sustained injuries.
Sheriff Kevin Cobb tells KATC that Allen's text allegedly did not evoke an intended reaction from the baby's father, so Allen reportedly "staged" the baby's fall from the vehicle by driving the vehicle out to a rural location on LA 865, opening the passenger door, and forcing the child's exit from the vehicle.
The baby currently is stable condition.
The sheriff explained that Allen stated her intention was only "to inflict minor damage" to her child to keep from being "caught in a lie with the child's father.
Allen is charged with attempted second degree murder and is in custody at the Franklin Parish Detention Center. Her bond has been set at $750,000.
Allen's injured child and her five other children have been placed in the custody of Child Services, Cobb said.
"This was a horrendous act, one that is beyond explanation. I hope that everyone will pray for that child and its siblings through this ordeal. One thing is certain. The child is in a safer place today than in the hands of the mother. Justice can't move quickly enough in this," the chief said.