Mother accused of trying to kill infant daughter indicted

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Madison County grand jury has indicted a mother accused of trying to kill her infant daughter.

Natasha Townsend was arrested and charged with attempted murder in May 2014. Police say the 32-year-old wanted to kill her then-three-month-old daughter, then commit suicide.

Court records show that her charges were waived to a grand jury in October 2014. Shortly after, her attorney moved to have her bond reduced from $60,000 to $25,000.

A joint motion for a psychological evaluation of Townsend, which was filed in January 2015, is also pending. Defense attorney Jerry Hicks stated in the motion that Townsend “suffers from significant psychological problems and does not believe that she is being appropriately treated in the Madison County Jail for her condition.”

The defense is also moving for Townsend to stay with her mother while out of jail so she can receive proper medical treatment for her mental health issues.

Jason Scully-Clemmons is the prosecutor on this case.

A trial date with Circuit Court Judge James P. Smith has not yet been set.