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Mother charged with killing Bragg soldier

Posted February 25, 2010
Updated March 3, 2010

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— The FBI on Thursday charged a South Carolina woman with killing her soldier daughter on Fort Bragg, according to federal court documents.

Pfc. Autumn Michelle Shannon, 32, was found dead in her home, at 147 S. Dougherty Drive, late Monday after a neighbor called military police.

Court documents said Shannon had been stabbed several times, including at least once in the neck, and was lying naked on the floor of her bedroom.

Linda Hough Shannon is charged with second-degree murder in the case.

Military police had detained Linda Shannon, Autumn Shannon's mother, at her daughter's house. She was covered in blood, according to court documents.

Paramedics later took Linda Shannon to Womack Army Medical Center for treatment of a stab wound, and she told investigators that she had killed her daughter during an argument.

She said she had been living on post with her daughter since December, when Autumn Shannon was injured in a car accident. Autumn Shannon recently returned to work as a cook at Fort Bragg on a limited basis, and she and her mother began arguing Monday night after she returned from work, court documents state.

Linda Shannon said the argument began when her daughter blamed her for some non-judicial punishment she received from a superior officer, according to court documents. She told investigators she grabbed a knife from the kitchen at some point and that she and her daughter began wrestling over it.

She said she tried unsuccessfully to call 911, and she then ran outside to seek help.


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  • Lady Renee Feb 26, 2010

    carolinarox, ... so do YOU! :-)

  • carolinarox Feb 26, 2010

    umm there is more to this,,wonder if daughter had been seeing mom's BF,,,makes you wonder when you attack someone who is NAKED and , why was mom still staying with daughter since daughter had gone back to work? makes you wonder if daughter said she was gonna stop payrolling mom and for mom to get a job,,,mom got mad,,,, who knows ,, one thing is for sure,, when relatives get to the point of killing ,, something intense was going on ,,,so sad. down by the pond

    Do tell since you seem to know it all, nothing was said about the mother's boyfried and the mother was from SC so her boyfriend, if she has one, probably is nowhere near Bragg. You don't know that mom wasn't planning to go back to SC this weekend and maybe mom is retired. What is with the comma fetish?

  • carolinarox Feb 26, 2010

    The best guess as to why she was naked, she had just come home from work and was probably going to take a shower. Or at least change clothes. Why that fact is relevant to the story is anyone's guess.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Feb 26, 2010

    How do you unsuccessfully dial 911???

  • 19tarheel75 Feb 26, 2010

    FBI makes the arrest because it's on Federal property, i.e. a US Army base.....as to how? we've all been mad enough to hurt someone close to us but the overwhelming majority also know how to walk away and/or difuse the situation. As to why? often times there IS no answer WHY that explains this type of catastrophic behavior. It just is what it is.......how sad....

  • MitziGaynor Feb 25, 2010

    Mother barged into the bathroom/bedroom during an argument??? I really just don't get people...Murder your own daughter! Sell your own daughter for a drug debt...What in the world is wrong with these women?

  • itsmyownopinion Feb 25, 2010

    "How are you unsuccessful at calling 911?"

    It's Fayetteville; it wouldn't be the first time. Remember the 911 call where the man murdered his family and took his own life?

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Feb 25, 2010

    Crazy story...the naked part seems very strange indeed given what they were supposedly arguing about...

  • mistersinister Feb 25, 2010

    How are you unsuccessful at calling 911?

  • Adelinthe Feb 25, 2010

    I don't care what happened, how could a mother do this to her own child.

    You walk away, you don't hurt. You just go for a good long walk.

    Praying for those who REALLY loved this young woman.

    God bless.