Fayette woman indicted for child abuse

Published 12:01 am Thursday, April 5, 2018


NATCHEZ — A Fayette woman who police say severely burned her 1-year-old son was indicted Wednesday on a felony child abuse charge.

Natchez police officers say Sandra Shantel Reed, 29, 612 Academy St., Fayette, burned, whipped and spread feces on the face of her son between Sept. 1, 2017 and Sept. 11.

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Reed’s indictment states she caused injury to the toddler by “burning him with unknown objects” on his back, side and legs.

Reed is currently in the Adams County Jail with a bond of $150,000.

Reed called Natchez Police Department officers to her residence on Sept. 11, saying that her 1-year-old son had been kidnapped.

Instead, however, police said they found that Reed’s cousin had taken the child to the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Officers reported at the time that the child’s burns were severe and had to be treated at Merit Health Natchez.

Officers at the time speculated that the burns could have been made by a curling iron or other extremely hot tool, but could not confirm the tool used to cause the injury.

In September, officers released the child into the care of his godmother.

Reed faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, if convicted of child abuse, with a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison.