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Western Kentucky Woman Charged with Murder in Child Abuse Case

FORT CAMPBELL, KY (12/28/2014) - A Fort Campbell, Kentucky, woman remains in federal custody today charged with felony murder related to the death of an infant, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Sheilla E. Linares, was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 18, 2014. Linares was specifically charged with unlawfully killing an infant, committed in the perpetration of child abuse.

The incident occurred December 3, 2013, in the Linares home on the Fort Campbell military base.

Linares was providing child care for a male child, who died four days later on December 7, 2013.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Linares on Friday, December 19, 2014, and her arraignment was held the same day before United States Magistrate Judge Lanny King. A detention hearing was held today before Judge King and was continued without a decision on bond.

Until further order of the court, Linares will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service. If convicted at trial, Linares faces a sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the Clarksville Tennessee Police Department.

Information provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
J.L. Graham
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