The mother of four children injured in a January car crash has been charged in federal court with methamphetamine offenses.
Mandy L. Hagen, 29, and nine other defendants face one count of conspiring to distribute a substance containing methamphetamine.
Hagen was one of five passengers — including her four children — in a 2013 GMC Acadia that crashed on Illinois 4 north of Marissa in the morning hours of Jan. 17. One of the children, an 8-year-old boy, was thrown from the vehicle when it flipped onto its side in a field. Police said the boy was not wearing his seatbelt.
The drug charge alleges Hagen conspired with the other defendants to distribute a substance containing methamphetamine in Perry, Randolph, Monroe and St. Clair counties between 2015 and April 2017. The amount of methamphetamine involved in the conspiracy exceeded 50 grams.
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A warrant for Hagen’s arrest was issued May 2. She remains in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, according to court records, awaiting a detention hearing on Wednesday in Benton. A judge will decide whether Hagen will remain in custody or be released on her own recognizance.
U.S. Attorney for the southern Illinois district Donald S. Boyce filed a motion Monday requesting that Hagen continue to be held in custody because she represents a flight risk and is a danger to the community. The motion also asserts there is a risk Hagen could threaten, intimidate or injure a prospective witness or juror.
On the day of the crash, police said a 2011 Ford Escape hit the passenger side of the Acadia after the driver, 36-year-old Lee A. Fosnock, ran a stop sign.
The 8-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis and the three other children were transported to local hospitals. Fosnock and Hagen were also transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Fosnock was cited for disobeying a stop sign, having no valid driver’s license and failing to properly secure a child in a restraint device, according to Illinois State Police.
Others implicated in the federal indictment include:
▪ Garrick E.R. Recker, aka “Curtis Lowe”
▪ Derek L. Sumpter, aka “Doucher”
▪ Paige M. Gleghorn
▪ Jeremy J. Humphries, aka “Hump” or “Stick”
▪ Rodney V. Howie
▪ Jordan P. Leggans
▪ Starlet J. Howie, aka “Star Oettle” or “Star Miller”
▪ Jeremy S. Copple
▪ Daniel M. Dortch
Belleville Attorney William D. Stiehl Jr. will represent Hagen in the federal case. Stiehl did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.