Web Posted: 02/05/2010 10:10 CST HOUSTON A Houston woman is accused of starving her 8-year-old daughter to death a year ago, authorities said. Almita Nicole Lockhart, 34, is accused of neglecting Halle Shamille Smith to the point that she weighed just 15 1/2 pounds when she died, said Estella Olguin, spokeswoman for Children's Protective Services. Lockhart is charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury. Halle, who was born severely premature, suffered a stroke and had underlying health issues that required her to be fed through a tube, was unresponsive when Lockhart took her to an emergency room in on Jan. 16, 2009. Lockhart was charged on Jan. 14, 2010, and jailed Tuesday after autopsy results and further investigation led authorities to believe the girl's condition was intentionally inflicted, Olguin said. Lockhart's court-appointed defense attorney, Daphne Pattison, could not immediately be reached for comment. Lockhart held Halle in an empty apartment in the 13500 block of Northborough in the Greenspoint area of north Houston, authorties said, and apparently did not feed her properly. According to Donna Hawkins with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, Halle was born Feb. 24, 2000, and immediately suffered from convulsions and breathing problems, then later contracted tuberculosis. A feeding tube was inserted, and she had it for the rest of her life. Court documents show Halle was provided with 24-hour nursing care when she was 20 months old, but the child's father who is not charged said he and Lockhart discontinued it because they tired of medical personnel coming in and out. :furious: more here http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/Houston_mom_accused_of_fatally_starving_8-year-old_girl.html why was the 'father' not charged???