published Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Trial begins for mother charged with attempting to smother 4-year-old son

Monica Hammers, 41, faces a charge of attempted first degree murder after she allegedly tried to suffocate her 4-year-old son while he was at Erlanger hospital, according to Chattanooga Police Department.
Monica Hammers, 41, faces a charge of attempted first degree murder after she allegedly tried to suffocate her 4-year-old son while he was at Erlanger hospital, according to Chattanooga Police Department.

A 43-year-old mother is on trial for the attempting to smother her 4-year-old son while he was being treated for a broken arm at Erlanger Hospital.

Monica Dawn Hammers faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse for the alleged incident on May 6, 2011.

Police arrested Hammers after a hospital worker reported seeing the boy cry, Hammers tell him to shut up and put a pillow over his face for five to six seconds.

For more see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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