No jail time for mom who left her infant in extreme heat


GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — A Coffee Springs woman has pleaded guilty this week to failing to report her child missing. 

Whisper Smith and her boyfriend, Mason Johnson, reportedly left their infant child in a stroller behind a house in Samson in sweltering heat for several hours.

A neighbor heard the child crying and found the baby badly sunburned and suffering from dehydration.  

Following Smith’s guilty plea, she was given four years of probation.

Sheriff Tony Helms said this case was particularly important to law enforcement.

When you’re hunting for a missing child, all officers are going to come together for something like that, Helms said.

Johnson is still at the Geneva County Jail. His trial for a child neglect charge is scheduled for June.

Correction: The article has been amended to correct the woman’s place of residence. Whisper Smith is not from Coffee County, but is a Coffee Springs resident.

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