JONESBORO — The Jonesboro woman arrested on Wednesday in the murder of her baby received a $5 million bond on Friday from District Judge David Boling.
Aliyah Patton, 23, is accused of killing her infant daughter on Sept. 27, 2020. The state Crime Lab was sent the body, but autopsy results were not received by Jonesboro police until Monday.
The child was born prematurely in June 2020, police said.
The baby, Briannia Sherman, was in St. Bernards Medical Center for almost a month and a half, in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, according to a probable cause affidavit.
When Briannia left the hospital she weighed 5.67 pounds. The Crime Lab reported her weight at 2.32 ounces less than she weighed when she left the hospital.
The Crime Lab reported the cause of death as being from “protein calorie malnutrition along with head and neck trauma,” the affidavit said.
A pediatric doctor reviewed the autopsy results and told a Jonesboro detective the blunt force trauma to the head and injuries to the neck were the result of shaken baby syndrome.
Patton’s next court appearance is July 30 in Circuit Court.
Patton pleaded guilty in February to aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a minor in which she was accused of trying to run over a woman and her 2-year-old child on Oct. 1, 2020, at the intersection of Vine Street and Cherry Avenue.
In other bond hearings, two people accused of shooting a victim Tuesday night at the intersection of Vine Street and Cherry Avenue were given a $150,000 bond each on Friday.
Boling found probable cause to charge Larry Thomas, 23, of Memphis, and Tori Cook, 22, of Jonesboro, with aggravated assault, committing a terroristic act, possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, possession of a Schedule IV or V with purpose to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, all felonies.
They are accused of shooting Demarco Mitchell, 27, of Memphis, in the left arm. He was treated at a local hospital before being transported to a Memphis hospital. His condition remained private as of press deadline Friday.
Their court dates are also on July 30 in circuit court.