Mother suspected of attempting to suffocate infant child pleads not guilty

A 31-year-old Conway mother pleaded not guilty Monday to an attempted murder charge.

 

Shannon Delaine Heather is accused of attempting to suffocate her 7-month-old child.

On Monday, Heather pleaded not guilty to attempted second-degree murder.

Heather, who is represented by Defense Attorney Lynn Plemmons, is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Shannon Heather’s husband was asleep while she was watching the infant child along with her 10-year-old son on Sept. 22. The 10-year-old boy was in the room with his baby brother and mother when the incident in question occurred.

The boy told police his mother put a blanket over the infant’s face and tried to suffocate the 7-month-old child.

“He said he was worried about [his infant brother],” the responding officer wrote in her report. “He said he started tugging on [the infant’s] legs and on the blanket, trying to get his mom to stop and to let [his baby brother] go.”

Heather’s husband, who called authorities, was asleep when the incident occurred. The baby’s screams woke him. However, he said he grew concerned when the infant’s cries became muffled.

“He said he heard the baby crying, but that he was not worried about it much because his wife, Shannon, was with the kids,” the officer wrote in her report. “He said after a while he continued to hear [the baby] cry, so he went to see what was going on. He said he had noticed that [the infant’s] cries had become muffled and sounded quieter. He said he walked into the living room and saw Shannon on the floor with [the baby].”

According to the report, Heather had a blanket wrapped around the 7-month-old child’s face.

As Heather’s husband was on the phone with the Conway Police Department, she reportedly left the home at 211 Club Lane.

Police later located her at the intersection of College and Augusta avenues.

Heather is scheduled to appear next in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 for a pretrial hearing.

 

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