An Abilene mother accused of endangering her children in August has been indicted on charges related to the crime.
Santana Mallard, 30, was indicted two counts of Injury to a Child and two counts of Endangering a Child during a Taylor County Grand Jury session on Thursday. She was also indicted on a possession of heroin charge.
Court documents say Child Protective Services notified the Abilene Police Department about possible abuse of Mallard’s children, 6 and 7, on August 24, 2015.
CPS workers and APD officers then went to Mallard’s residence to talk to her about bruises her children had all over their bodies.
Detectives conducted a forensic interview on each child, and both described seeing their mother engage in actions that are consistent with using narcotics intravenously.
Both children also stated their mother beat them on several areas of their bodies with a belt. One child claims Mallard would “spank him all the time on the arms, back, and legs”.
Hair follicles were taken from the children and tested for narcotics. One test returned positive for amphetamines and methamphetamine, according to the documents which say Mallard admitted to using methamphetamine while the children were in the room.
Mallard is awaiting trial in the Taylor County Jail. She’s being held on bonds totaling $21,000.