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Alleged child abuser Hart makes second attempt for release on bond

By Walter Geiger A second bond hearing for alleged child abuser Sarah Elizabeth Hart is included on a long court calendar that includes multiple cases of interest to be heard in Lamar superior court Thursday. Hart, 47, is charged with aggravated battery and three counts cruelty to children. She is now represented by defense attorney Lee Sexton. Hart was arrested June 13 after a young girl in her care was found unresponsive and in respiratory distress due to throat injuries at a room at the Sun Inn motel here. The child was life flighted from the scene to Scottish Rite in Atlanta. At Hart’s original bond hearing, BPD officer Belinda Pennamon testified the child is not Hart’s. The actual mother is Allison Slagle but Hart has had the child since last November, Pennamon testified. At last report, Slagle was in jail in Henry County, she said. Pennamon said Hart told her another child in the motel room had caused the injuries by pouring hot sauce down the victim’s throat while she was sleeping. She also said Hart has multiple addresses and is a flight risk. ’The child had been unresponsive for an hour or an hour and a half before we arrived,’ Pennamon told Judge Bill Fears at the time. Additional pre-trial hearings are set for Tyler Walker Pitts, David Lewis McGuire and Fredrick Sherard Harden. Pitts faces an array of charges after a gun battle with law enforcement that followed a high speed chase that ended near Lamar County High School last September. Pitts was wounded during the gunfight. No officers were hit. McGuire faces charges of malice murder, felony murder and multiple other counts in connection with the shooting death of his mother, 70-year-old Elaine Brown McGuire, at her home on Liz Acres Road. Harden is charged with two counts involuntary manslaughter, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and theft by receiving stolen property in connection with the Dec. 13, 2016 shooting death of Jessey Gadzetti. Harden has a separate case in which he is charged with sale of cocaine and marijuana. The complete court calendar may be found in the 9.26.17 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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