published Friday, September 28th, 2012

Jurors deliberate fate of woman who allegedly tried to smother her son

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    Monica Hammers, 43, faces a charge of attempted aggravated assault after she allegedly tried to suffocate her 4-year-old son while he was at Erlanger hospital.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

After spending the morning weighing evidence in the case of a local woman charged with attempted aggravated assault, jurors told Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman they were at an impasse.

Steelmen sent the jury back for more deliberation in the case of 43-year-old Monica Dawn Hammers, who faces a charge of attempted aggravated assault.

She was charged in connection with a May 5, 2011, incident at Erlanger hospital when authorities say she tried to smother her 4-year-old son who had been admitted with digestive problems.

On Thursday, Steelman ruled there wasn’t enough evidence for a charge of attempted murder against Hammers.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Joan Garrett McClane...

Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...

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