ETX mother not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity

ETX mother not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity
Nacogdoches County Jail
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 5:43pm

An East Texas woman has been found not guilty in the attempted murder of her child by reason of insanity Monday morning.

According the Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office, Shari Kamile Brandon, 38, pleaded not guilty to the first-degree felony charge in the 145th District Court. Judge Campbell Cox, II, presided over the trial.

Brandon will now be placed into the custody of the North Texas State Hospital, said the DA's Office. Upon completion of an evaluation, the court will decide what actions will follow. 

The mother was indicted back in July 2013 on one count of attempted murder for the June 8, 2013, incident.

In the arrest affidavit, the Department of Public Safety reported Brandon was involved in a crash at the intersection of FM 1878 and County Road 228.  Shortly after the wreck, Brandon took her then 6-year-old daughter and jumped off the guard rail into the creek bottom about 20 feet below. She then attempted to drown her child.

The child told authorities her mother gave her a "piggy back ride" over the guard rail and into the creek. The victim stated she was under water and was able to come up for air in the nick of time, but her mother forced her head under again. 

At this time, the girl played dead, so her mother would stop trying to drown her. The plan worked and Brandon climbed out of the creek with the child still alive. During the interview, the 6-year-old vomited what appeared to be creek water containing bark and leaves. 

The victim also told troopers her mother had recently killed her two kittens, which had scratched Brandon's hands. The trooper was able to visibly verify the scratches on her.

The affidavit stated the child had previously witnessed her mother reading Bible verses and saying the devil is in control. Just before the crash, the daughter was told by her moher she "rebukes" her several times.

Brandon's next hearing is slated for May 23 at 1:30 p.m. 

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