Po­lice ar­rest Prairie Grove woman con­victed of killing in­fant son

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - TRACY NEAL tneal@nwadg.com

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.

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