Allen, homeless herself when she was arrested Aug. 7 on the felony charge of child abuse and/or endangerment, also has been charged with an enhancement due to the death of her son as the result of that alleged abuse. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.
In a court filing, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office stated that Allen’s actions led Kharmell “to suffer and be inflicted with unjustifiable physical pain and mental suffering.”
When Allen and her children weren’t in a shelter, they lived in a small, broken-down sport utility vehicle. Allen supported herself and her children on welfare payments and food stamps.