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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Resident Charged With Felony Murder Resulting From Child Abuse

PADUCAH, Ky. – A Fort Campbell, Kentucky, woman remains in federal custody today charged with felony murder related to the death of an infant, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Sheilla E. Linares, was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 18, 2014.  Linares was specifically charged with unlawfully killing an infant, T.R.C., Jr., committed in the perpetration of child abuse.

The incident occurred December 3, 2013, in the Linares home on the Fort Campbell military base.  Linares was providing child care for T.R.C., Jr., who died four days later on December 7, 2013.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Linares on Friday, December 19, 2014, and her arraignment was held the same day before United States Magistrate Judge Lanny King.  A detention hearing was held today before Judge King and was continued without a decision on bond.  Until further order of the court, Linares will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

If convicted at trial, Linares faces a sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the Clarksville Tennessee Police Department.


The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated December 23, 2014