Franklin mother charged in 6 year old’s death

Shameyer Ashburn

FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) – A Franklin mother charged with killing her 6-year-old son appeared in court Wednesday.

24-year-old Shameyer Ashburn was arraigned on a count of murder and was scheduled to return to court in March.

Officers were called to the Days Inn motel on Armory Drive at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. for the report of an unresponsive child. The 6-year-old boy was transported to Southampton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation led detectives to charge the child’s mother. She is being held at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond.

Franklin Police have not released the cause of the child’s death, but WAVY News 10 obtained the search warrant affidavit which states Ashburn admitted she choked her son to death.


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