Mother arrested for suspicion of first-degree murder of 7-month-old daughter


The mother of Jesslinn Hulett has been arrested for suspicion of first-degree murder.

Jesslinn was found unresponsive on April 1. In May, authorities ruled her death as a homicide.

Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer confirmed with KSN that Shelby Johnson, the mother of Jesslinn, has been arrested for suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of her young daughter. 

Spencer said charges being brought against Johnson include: first-degree murder, murder by virtue of child abuse, murder by virtue of aggravated child endangerment, second-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child endangerment. 

Her bond has been set at $250,000. 

According to the autopsy report, family members tried to revive the girl and brought her to a local hospital April 1 when she was found unresponsive. 

In May, Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath confirmed with KSN that the autopsy report of Jesslinn Hulett showed she died from blunt force trauma, and her death was being ruled as a homicide.

The full autopsy report also showed the girl suffered fractures to her ribs.  

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