Drug test hearing delayed for infant death suspect

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

A Maylene woman who has been charged with the death of her infant son will not learn if she has to take random drug tests while out on bond until May 5 after her original April 29 hearing on the matter was rescheduled.

Wilford

Wilford

Sommer Nicole Wilford, 22, originally was scheduled to appear before Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves at 1:30 p.m. on April 29, but her hearing was rescheduled to the same time on Monday, May 5, according to Circuit Court Supervisor Jill Smitherman.

During the hearing, Reeves will decide if he will require Wilford to submit to random drug and alcohol tests while she is out on bond awaiting trial. In documents filed in court on April 16, Assistant Shelby County District Attorney Jeffrey Bradley requested Reeves require Wilford to submit to the random tests.

The Alabaster Police Department arrested Wilford and charged her with one count of reckless murder 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 outside the vehicle that was engulfed in flames.” After Alabaster firefighters extinguished the fire, they discovered the body of 19-month-old Jayden Allen inside the vehicle.

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.

In his motion requesting random drug and alcohol tests be added as a condition of Wilford’s bond, Bradley wrote Wilford “is alleged to have been under the influence of both drugs and alcohol, well in excess of the legal limit, at the time of the death of Jayden Brodie Allen and that this level of intoxication directly contributed to and/or caused the death of” the infant.

In a motion filed on April 28, Wilford’s attorney, Leonard Kenneth Moore, requested all drug testing costs be waived for Wilford if Reeves requires her to take them. Moore claimed Wilford “is indigent without funds in which to pay for possible court-ordered drug testing,” and wrote “… she does not have the funds to support herself.”

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