Alton woman accused of falling asleep drunk, rolling onto, suffo -

Alton woman accused of falling asleep drunk, rolling onto, suffocating son

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. ( - An Alton woman was charged in connection with the death of her 4-month-old son after she reportedly fell asleep while intoxicated, rolled over onto the baby and suffocated him to death.

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons charged 29-year-old Sharron M. Braxton with one felony count of endangering the life or health of a child.

According to authorities, an investigation revealed Braxton was drunk when she fell asleep in the same bed as her son early on the morning of February 15. While sleeping, Braxton allegedly rolled onto her son Marcus Covington Jr. and the infant died of suffocation.

“This is an extremely heartbreaking loss of life that was entirely preventable,” said State's Attorney Gibbons in a press release. “This should serve as a warning that there are severe consequences when parents or guardians, through their own actions, endanger the lives of their children.”

Officials with the Children's Justice Division, Madison County Child Advocacy Center, Madison County Coroner's Office, Alton Police Department and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services worked on the case.

Officials said Braxton's criminal record includes a 2011 DUI conviction and a 2005 conviction for aggravated battery.

If found guilty, Braxton could be sentenced to between two and five years in prison.

A judge set Braxton's bond at $75,000.Braxton is at large and not in police custody.

Leaders with the St. Louis Crisis Nursery offer services and resources for parents and children in need. The Crisis Nursery can be reached 24 hours a day on their help line at 314-768-3201.

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