- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

WINNSBORO, La. (AP) - A Franklin Parish woman could spend 28 years in jail after pleading guilty to what prosecutors called a “heinous crime.”

The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/16AKd2f) LaSasha Allen, 24, of Winnsboro, entered a guilty plea last Thursday to a charge of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

According to the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Allen placed her 20-month-old daughter in an unrestrained position in a car in June and opened the car’s door while rounding a curve. The child fell from the vehicle and sustained multiple injuries, including a broken arm, skull fracture and abrasions.

Mack Lancaster, district attorney for the 5th Judicial District, called Allen’s actions a “heinous crime.”

Lancaster said he is pleased to get the guilty plea.

“Fortunately the injuries to this child were not life threatening as we would have been dealing with a murder charge,” he said. “I do not understand how any mother could do this to her child.”

Allen has five children. The others have been taken into state custody by Child Protective Services.

Under the terms of the plea agreement there will be a pre-sentencing investigation before the March 18 sentencing. Allen faces up to 28 years in prison.

Her attorney, Caroline Hemphill, of Winnsboro, did not immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press seeking comment Monday.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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