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$5 million bond set for woman for murder in infant’s death

Affidavit: Child had blunt force trauma to the head, along with injuries to the neck, result of shaken baby syndrome, doctor says
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:36 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 3:25 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A three-month-old baby suffered blunt force trauma to the head, along with injuries to the neck consistent with shaken baby syndrome, according to a probable cause affidavit released Friday.

The baby’s mother, Aliyah Tytaunia Patton, 23, of Jonesboro, appeared in court Friday for a probable cause hearing after she was arrested.

A $5 million bond was set for Patton, who was arrested on suspicion of homicide-murder-1st degree, during the short hearing.

Her arrest was a result of an unattended death of the three-month-old on Sept. 27, 2020. The child was taken to the emergency room at St. Bernards Hospital.

Patton was arrested in the death of her daughter, Briannia Sherman, Jonesboro police said.

According to the affidavit, the baby was born prematurely in June 2020 and was admitted to NICU at a local hospital.

The child started gaining weight and was growing. She was released from the hospital two months later.

However, police said the child weighed less in Sept. 2020 at the time of her death than when she left the hospital a month earlier.

“Briannia had some small wounds on her legs and about her body. A detective spoke with Aliyah and (child’s father) at the hospital. The parents advised during the interview they were the primary caretakers of Briannia,” the affidavit noted. “The parents stated one would watch Briannia and the other children while the other parent was at work.”

The baby’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock to determine the cause of death, Jonesboro Police Department Public Information Specialist Sally Smith said Thursday.

On June 7, 2021, JPD received the autopsy results.

“The autopsy results shows the cause of death as homicide due to the malnutrition and other injuries as listed,” Jonesboro police said in the affidavit. “It is believed Aliyah and (father’s) lack of care caused the death of Briannia due to the extent of the malnutrition and other injuries to her body.”

Jonesboro police interviewed Patton about the child’s death. Under her Miranda rights, Patton told police she was the primary caretaker for the child and that the father would come to the residence to visit but she was always there with him during the visit.

Patton will be arraigned July 30 in circuit court in Jonesboro.

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