Smyrna woman indicted in hospital murder attempt

Smyrna woman indicted in hospital murder attempt (Image 1)
Smyrna woman indicted in hospital murder attempt (Image 1)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A grand jury in Chattanooga has indicted a Smyrna woman on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in what prosecutors say was an attempt to suffocate her young son.

The indictment returned Wednesday also charges 41-year-old Monica Hammers with aggravated child abuse, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Hammers was arrested after an employee of Erlanger Hospital told police Hammers put a pillow over the face of her 4-year-old son.

The boy had been brought to the hospital on May 6 for court-ordered medical testing and was scheduled to have a broken arm set, according to a police report.

The boy was placed in protective custody.

Hammers will be arraigned July 15.

Hamilton County Jail records don't list an attorney for her.

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