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


WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  The Westfield woman charged with disposing of her baby after giving birth was back in court Friday for a pre-trial conference.

Her next court date has been scheduled for January 3.

Thirty-eight year-old Shanna Sharples was arraigned October 4 in Westfield District Court on charges of child endangerment and improper disposal of a body. She was released on $10,000 dollars cash bail.

Westfield woman charged with disposing of baby’s body

Hampden County District Attorney spokesman Jim Leydon told 22News Sharples checked herself into Baystate Noble Medical Center on May 4, saying she had a miscarriage.

Sharples allegedly brought biological tissue consistent with what a woman who had given birth would have produced with her to the hospital.

Police searched the wooded area near her house, dumpsters, and 50 tons of trash, but did not find a baby.

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