Lufkin woman accused in injuries of child back in jail for failing to appear in court

Amanda Braley mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Amanda Braley mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman who had a probation deal rejected in relation to injuries to her then-four-year-old daughter is back in jail after not showing up for a jury selection in her case.

Court records show her former attorney, Ryan Deaton, withdrew as her counsel on December 16. In a telephone interview Monday, Deaton said he made the decision after losing contact with Amanda Jane Braley, 24, after Judge Barry Bryan rejected the plea deal on November 9.

The investigation into Braley's charges began in January 2010 when Braley brought her 4-year-old daughter to Woodland Heights Hospital.  According to the arrest affidavit, medical staff tried frantically to revive her. Braley told the E.R. she was suffering from the flu and falling down in the bathtub.

After being stabilized, the 4-year-old was flown to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston.  According to the arrest report, Lufkin Police received hospital records indicating she had "suffered life threatening medical neglect and significant physical abuse".

Braley told hospital workers that the 4-year-old was being watched by Micah King while she was at work.  During a police interview with King, he allegedly admitted to slapping her on one occasion and knocking her into some chairs.

King pleaded guilty in August to endangering a child, accepting an eight-month state jail sentence.

According to court records, an order to surrender was issued for Braley on January 4, since Deaton had withdrawn her bond.

Braley did not show up for her jury selection on January 9, according to court records. Jail records show she surrendered to confinement on Saturday. She is scheduled for a court appearance on Tuesday.

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