Infant death suspect indicted on reckless murder charge

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

A Maylene woman who has been charged with reckless murder in the death of her infant son has been indicted on the charge, and is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge in May.

Wilford

Wilford

A Shelby County grand jury indicted Sommer Nicole Wilford, 22, on the felony reckless murder charge on April 2, according to Shelby County Circuit Court records filed on April 4. She is scheduled to appear in court on May 5 at 8:30 a.m. for an arraignment.

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 was released from the Shelby County Jail on March 20 after multiple individuals put their properties up as collateral on her $300,000 bond.

Court documents filed on March 28 by Wilford’s attorney, Kenneth Moore, indicated Wilford may soon undergo a mental evaluation.

In a March 3 motion to reduce Wilford’s $300,000 bond, 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.

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