Mother being retried, charged with abuse of son

Mother being retried, charged with abuse of son (Image 1)
Mother being retried, charged with abuse of son (Image 1)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A woman once charged with attempted murder of her child will face trial on a lesser charge in Chattanooga.

Monica Hammers was initially charged after a hospital observer said Hammers put a pillow over the face of her four-year-old son, who was a patient at T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Hammers is scheduled for trial April 2 on a single charge of attempted aggravated child abuse.

The proceeding will be a retrial of Hammers. In September 2012, as she was going to trial, a judge ruled there wasn't sufficient evidence to substantiate the attempted murder charge. The jury deadlocked on attempted aggravated assault.

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