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Fort Campbell, KY woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in infant's death


A Fort Campbell, Kentucky woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Nov. 17 to first degree manslaughter in the death of an infant.

Sheilla E. Linares, 22, is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and will be sentenced in Louisville on Feb. 24, 2016 at 11:45 a.m.

According to court documents, Linares was babysitting the child in December 2013.

The plea agreement states that Linares admitted that on Dec. 3, while on Fort Campbell Military Base in Christian County, Ky., she was babysitting an infant. Three other children were also in the home under Linares' care that day. They include her two young children and the infant's three-year-old sister.

Between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Linares intentionally caused serious injury to the baby.

Linares later admitted to law enforcement that it took her less than a second to realize that what she had done was completely wrong. She admitted to then putting the baby in a swing, at which point the baby became unresponsive.

Linares state that she then called the baby's mother and 911.

An ambulance took the baby to the emergency room at the Army hospital.

Court documents state that his condition deteriorated and he was taken to Vanderbilt.

While being treated there, medical personnel noticed bruising that appeared on both of his shoulders, as well as on his left upper arm.

Medical tests and examinations revealed several spots of internal bleeding and bruising.

According to court documents, the baby's injuries were a result of Linares' abuse. Those injuries led to his death.

On Dec. 7, the baby was determined to have insufficient brain activity and was pronounced dead.

The amended autopsy report of the Tennessee medical examiner lists the cause of death as blunt force injuries of the head and neck.

According to the plea agreement, Linares will be sentenced to 18 years in prison followed by a three-year period of supervised release. She faces a fine of up to $250,000. There is no parole in the federal system.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jo E. Lawless is prosecuting the case.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and the Clarksville Tennessee Police Department, conducted the investigation.

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