CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Smyrna woman is on trial in Chattanooga in what prosecutors say was an attempt to smother her 4-year-old son.
The prosecutor used medical records and a doctor's testimony on Wednesday in trying to show the boy's health improved after Monica Hammers no longer had access to him at Erlanger Medical Center.
As testimony began Tuesday, a witness testified she saw the 43-year-old Hammers hold a pillow over the boy's face for a few seconds after he awakened from a nap and whined.
Hammers is charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
The boy was at the hospital in May 2011 for court-ordered medical testing and was scheduled to have a broken arm set.
Hammers is free on bond during the trial.
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