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Alabaster police: 19-month-old boy killed in car fire, mother charged with reckless murder

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A Maylene woman has been charged with reckless murder after her infant son was killed in a car fire following an accident in Alabaster Friday morning, police said.

According to a release, fire and rescue crews were called to a single-vehicle accident on Highway 119 at Kent Dairy Road shortly after midnight and arrived to find 22-year-old Sommer Nicole Wilford standing outside her wrecked vehicle, which had become engulfed in flames.

After firefighters extinguished the fire, police found the remains of Wilford's 19-month-old son, Jayden Allen, inside the burned vehicle. Traffic homicide investigators were called to the scene and they took Wilford into custody then later charged her in connection with her son's death. She is being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

"We are all saddened by the senseless death of this child and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family," Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney said. "The investigation is still ongoing and it may be months before all the evidence in this case has been processed."

Shown left is Jayden Allen, the 19-month-old boy who was killed in an overnight car fire on Highway 119 at Kent Dairy Road in Alabaster, Ala., Friday, February 28, 2014. (Photo of Allen via Facebook)

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