Westfield woman charged with disposing of baby’s body arraigned in superior court


The Westfield woman accused of disposing of a baby’s body after giving birth last spring was arraigned in superior court Friday.

According to the court clerk’s office, a not guilty plea was entered for Shanna Sharples, on charges of improper disposal of a human body, reckless endangerment of a child and three counts of willful interference with a criminal investigation.

Sharples’ bail was set at $10,000 cash, which the court clerk says she posted.

Conditions of her bail include GPS monitoring, a curfew between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m., and that she cooperate with DCF and have no unsupervised contact with children under 16 years-old.

Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Leydon told 22News Sharples case was moved from district court to superior court after a grand jury indicted her in late March.

Leydon previously told 22News Sharples checked herself into Baystate Noble Medical Center on May 4, 2017, reporting that she had a miscarriage. She allegedly brought to the hospital “biological tissue, which was consistent with what a woman who had given birth would have produced.” Police were notified after medical workers determined Sharples had likely just given birth to a 24-week to full-term baby.

For days, Westfield and state police investigated both at a Southampton Road apartment complex and the town’s transfer station on Twiss Street, fearing the body was disposed of in the trash.

No body was ever found.

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