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The mother of a child found dead Feb. 27 at a Peaksview Lane residence admitted to smothering the 2-year-old to death, investigators stated in a search warrant connected to the case.
In multiple search warrants filed by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the investigators stated that Shana Marie Witt, 24, confessed “that she suffocated the child with a large stuffed dog” located in the child’s bedroom.
Shana Marie Witt, 24 of Bedford, has been charged with first degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old child.
On Feb. 27 at 1:35 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1066 Peaksview Lane, Bedford. The caller, Michael Smith, advised dispatchers that his son was unresponsive and not breathing.
Bedford County Fire and Rescue units along with Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. Resuscitation efforts were started and the child was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital, where the child was pronounced dead. The victim’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke and an autopsy was performed the following morning.
Investigators learned that Michael Smith, the father, Shana Witt, the mother, and two children, one 5 years old and the victim, 2-year-old Jordan Smith, resided at the Peaksview Lane residence. The 5-year-old child was with a relative and not at the residence when the incident occurred. Smith and Witt are married.
The autopsy revealed the child’s death was a homicide, authorities have stated.
The child’s father, Michael Smith, was also arrested and charged with two counts of felony child abuse and neglect and one count of manufacturing methamphetamines.
Authorities allege that the couple delayed calling for help, from one to four hours, while they got rid of meth at the home.
The murder charge carries a possible sentence of 20 years to life in prison while the manufacturing methamphetamines charge carries a potential sentence of five to 40 years. The child abuse and neglect charges carry one to five year, and one to 10 year, potential sentences.