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Fayetteville woman charged after attempting to smother infant

Posted October 6, 2015 1:39 p.m. EDT
Updated October 6, 2015 4:47 p.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville woman was charged with attempted first-degree murder after she tried to suffocate her infant in a hotel room on Monday, according to police.

Leshay Alli Jordan, 20, her husband, and their 4-month-old infant were staying at the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel on Bragg Boulevard when the father saw Jordan putting a pillow over the child's face, authorities said.

According to police, the father was able to stop her and call for help. He told authorities that his wife suffers from some type of mental disorder and was not taking her medicine.

"It appears that she experienced some emotional or mental issues and as a result of that, or in the course of that episode, she chose to try to end the life of her infant," said Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock.

Jordan was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. She was also charged with one count of misdemeanor child abuse. Authorities said Jordan will be electronically monitored by GPS if she posts bond.

Jordan was scheduled to make her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.