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Florence Woman Charged in Infant’s 2003 Murder in Pennsylvania

Wendi Leann Hooper Stanford (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)

Wendi Leann Hooper Stanford (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence woman is charged with murder.  The crime is a cold case that involved the death of an infant.

Wendi Leann Hooper Stanford (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)

Wendi Leann Hooper Stanford (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)

Wendi Leann Hooper Stanford, 30, was arrested Friday night in Florence.  Investigators from Allentown, Pennsylvania and Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office traveled to Florence with warrants charging Stanford with felony murder.

Stanford is currently in the Lauderdale County Detention Center awaiting extradition proceedings.

The newspaper in Lehigh Valley, PA., The Morning Call, cites court records filed by Allentown police.  Police say Stanford, then known as Wendi Harbin, called 911 the night of November 9, 2003 because son was unresponsive.

Paramedics found the 2 1/2-month-old boy to be in cardio-pulmonary arrest. The baby was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, but died two days later.

Forensic testing revealed the baby died due to a large skull fracture, The Morning Call reported.

Stanford moved to Florence, Ala. during the course of the investigation.

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