Mother charged with killing daughter at Fort Bragg

Linda Shannon

February 24, 2010 9:00:00 PM PST
The FBI has charged a mother with second-degree murder after a stabbing death at Fort Bragg.

According to a criminal complaint, Linda Shannon stabbed her daughter, 32-year-old Autumn Michelle Shannon, in their home on South Dougherty Drive.

Investigators believe the crime happened on February 22.

Autumn Shannon was an active duty soldier and cook on base. The mother and daughter had been living together on post since a December car crash involving the daughter in South Carolina.

The complaint said the soldier's naked body was found on a bedroom floor with multiple apparent knife wounds and a large knife protruding from her neck.

It also said Linda Shannon was found with a large amount of blood on her arms and clothing. She also had a small knife wound that she was treated for at Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) at Fort Bragg.

A paramedic who treated Linda Shannon said he asked her how she was injured, and Shannon responded "a knife." Shannon further told the paramedic that she had gotten into a fight with her daughter and said, "I killed my daughter."

An FBI investigator stated in the complaint that in an interview, Shannon said that her daughter had called her a terrible mother and, "I snapped." Shannon then stated that she had stabbed her daughter and then tried to call 911 but was unsuccessful so she ran outside to find help.

Shannon is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a federal hold.

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