Vanessa Ferris, the mother of Isabella Thamm, is on probation for charges filed last year in Bossier Parish. According to records in the office of the Bossier Parish Clerk of Court, Ferris was arrested first on February 3rd, 2007 for committing battery on Lance David Thamm in violation of LRS 14:35.3 (domestic abuse violence). She bonded out on the charge and was set for arraignment.
She was arrested again on April 9th, 2007 on the same charge. She bonded out again. She appeared in court on June 20th, 2007 and entered a plea of not guilty. Trial was set for August 22nd, 2007, and then reset to October 3rd, 2007 at the request of indigent defender Richard "T-Dale" Woolbert. On October 3rd, 2007, she appeared before Judge Ford Stinson and was allowed to plead guilty to disturbing the peace. She received a 30 day sentence, suspended, and was put on six months probation. This would mean that she is about halfway through her probationary period.
Remember, Thamm was arrested on February 2nd, 2007 and charged with domestic abuse violence. Unfortunately, no bill of information was ever filed with the clerk of court and no further action taken. Since no bill was filed, we don't know who he committed violence upon. This was the day before Ferris was arrested for physical abuse against Thamm.
Thamm was arrested again on December 28th, 2007 for domestic abuse violence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphenalia. Again, no bill of information was filed, so we don't know who he abused in this instance.
We will try to fill in the blanks and get more details.
This paints a picture of two very troubled, violent individuals - throw drugs into the mix and it created a deadly environment. I don't know if any investigation was made into the welfare of the child, but it seems that four arrests in the household, two for the mother and two for the father, would be a red flag to authorities when a young child is present.