Police arrest Prairie Grove woman convicted of killing infant son
BENTONVILLE — A Prairie Grove woman convicted of causing the death of her infant son was arrested Tuesday after failing to appear for a court hearing on whether to revoke her probation.
Molly Dawn Sullivan, 23, was booked at 7:45 a.m. June 26 in the Benton County Jail. She was arrested in connection with failure to appear and revocation of suspended sentence or probation.
She was being held June 27 in the county jail with a $52,250 bond.
Sullivan was arrested in May in connection with the probation revocation. Benton County Circuit Judge
Brad Karren ordered an arrest warrant be issued for Sullivan when she failed to show for the Sullivan hearing June
Prosecutors want to revoke her probation based on suspected violations of marijuana use, failure to attend parenting classes and failure to report as ordered to the probation office.
Benton County Sheriff’s Office detectives Brandon Dill and Joe Adams investigated the death at 23632 Coon Hollow Road in Decatur on Oct. 28, 2016, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Sullivan called 911 at 11:21 a.m. that day to report her son wasn’t breathing, according to the affidavit. Sullivan said she fell asleep on the couch. After she awoke, she discovered her son, who was in his playpen, was blue and purple. She called 911 and did CPR.
Sullivan told detectives there was a couch pillow in the playpen when she found her son, but the pillow wasn’t on top of him. Sullivan said she threw couch pillows in the area near the playpen and might have accidentally thrown one into the playpen, according to the affidavit.
She pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was placed on eight years of state supervised probation in 2017. She admitted to recklessly causing her son’s death in 2016.
Karren ordered Sullivan at her sentencing hearing to take parenting classes, be evaluated for drugs and alcohol and pay $1,920 in court costs. According to court documents, Sullivan failed to follow the conditions ordered by the judge and other terms of her probation.
Sullivan could be sentenced up to 10 years in prison if her probation is revoked.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for 8 a.m. July 25.