Alabama Woman Held on $30,000 in Strangulation

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A Mobile County woman accused of choking her granddaughter into unconsciousness will remain in jail despite her son filing a petition asking for her to undergo a mental evaluation and be placed in a psychiatric facility.

Reports say 53-year-old Shirley Bowman's son suggested his mother suffered an injury that left her brain damaged and with short-term memory problems. Bowman, a retired teacher, is accused of choking her granddaughter Aug. 2 and is charged with attempted murder.

Her son wrote that she had been acting irrationally days before the incident.

Mobile County District Judge Bob Sherling set a $30,000 cash bail for Bowman, which trumps the petition filed in probate court.

Bowman's attorney Joseph Dennis says her family is unlikely to come up with the money to bail her out.

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