Infant death suspect released on bond

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

A 22-year-old Maylene woman who was charged with one count of reckless murder in connection with the February death of her infant son has been released from the Shelby County Jail after posting a $300,000 bond, according to court records.



Sommer Nicole Wilford was released from the jail on March 20 after multiple individuals put their properties up as collateral on her $300,000 bond.

In a March 3 motion to reduce Wilford’s $300,000 bond, Wilford’s attorney, L. Kenneth Moore, wrote the current bond amount “far exceeds the recommended bail schedule for the alleged offense.” Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves took no action on Moore’s request to reduce the bond, and Wilford posted her $300,000 bond on March 20.

The Alabaster Police Department arrested Wilford on Feb. 28 after responding to a report of a one-vehicle accident near the intersection of Alabama 119 and Kent Dairy Road.

According to Alabaster Police, when officers arrived on the scene, they found Wilford “standing out side the vehicle that was engulfed in flames.”

“When firefighters extinguished the fire, officers located the remains of an infant, presumed to be 19-month-old Jayden Allen, infant son of Wilford, inside the vehicle,” read a police press release.

After the Alabaster Police Traffic Homicide team investigated the scene, they arrested Wilford and charged her with one count of reckless murder.

On March 7, the Alabaster Police Department announced Wilford was undergoing a toxicology test to determine if alcohol or controlled substances were in her blood at the time of the infant’s death.

Wilford is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 2 at 8:30 a.m.

Reckless murder is a Class A felony. If convicted, Wilford could face between 10 years and life in prison.