Infant death suspect’s charge headed to trial

Published 10:38 am Tuesday, October 6, 2015

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A reckless murder charge against a 24-year-old Maylene woman who has been charged in the death of her infant son is headed to trial, according to Shelby County Circuit Court documents.



In an order filed on Oct. 6, Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves continued the charge “generally to await placement on the court’s next available pretrial docket.” As a result of the order, Reeves will set future court dates for the suspect’s plea docket and trial.

The order came after Sommer Nicole Wilford, who lists an address on Carriage Circle in Maylene, appeared in court for a status call on Oct. 6.

The Alabaster Police Department arrested Wilford and charged her with one count of reckless murder on Feb. 28, 2014, 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 of the Feb. 28, 2014, crash, 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, 2014, after multiple individuals put their properties up as collateral on her $300,000 bond.

As of Oct. 6, no future court dates were listed in Shelby County Circuit Court for Wilford. Reckless murder is a Class A felony. If convicted, Wilford could face between 10 years and life in prison.