MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - People in a west Mobile neighborhood are reacting to a shocking crime.
Mobile police have arrested 53-year-old Shirley Bowman on attempted murder charges after they said she choked her granddaughter until she was unconscious.
The child was found on Howells Ferry Road at 1 a.m., and is now at USA Children's and Women's Hospital, listed in critical condition.
Mobile Police said it all started in the 7800 block of Howell's Ferry Road near Schillinger Road Friday.
Corporal Christopher Levy said, "Someone called and said that a lady knocked on her door and said that someone was chasing her."
When police arrived, they found four-year-old Ireland Carroll face down in the westbound lane of Howells Ferry Road.
Levy said, "The four-year-old had been, was severely injured by strangulation, and they were able to determine that the grandmother, who was on the scene, is actually who did it."
Police believe Bowman, the child's grandmother, choked her until she was unconscious.
Authorities brought the child to the hospital, and also brought Bowman in for evaluation.
Levy said, "She appeared to be having some kind of a psychotic episode."
Bowman was arrested for aggravated child abuse, but the district attorney's office, upgraded the charge to attempted murder.
CHILD'S MOM SPEAKS
Jennifer Carroll, Ireland's mother, said her daughter is usually in her care. That all changed, however, Thursday, August 1 when the Bowman suddenly drove off with Ireland.
"My mom kicked me out of the vehicle and took Ireland," said Carroll. "The sheriff was called and I went and looked for my daughter and I didn't find her."
Jennifer said she didn't know where Ireland was until police were knocking on her door around 2 a.m. Friday.
She said she doesn't know what happened to her mother or why she acted the way she did.
"I just think that my mom needs help. I think she needs to go in a psychiatric place and get some medical attention. I don't know what exactly was wrong at that time," Jennifer said.
NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS REACT
FOX10 talked to residents in a mobile home park, as well as homes, in the 7800 block of Howells Ferry Road.
When asked if he heard anything Friday morning, David Buiter said, "No. I went to bed early, though. I was in the house about eight o'clock. I don't know what time it happened."
Buiter said he was surprised something like this happened in the neighborhood.
When asked if she heard any commotion, Joyce Brown said, "None, none. Usually, I hear a siren or something, but, I didn't."
She said she thought the incident was horrible.
Bowman's address is listed as Sky Vista Drive West in Semmes.
FOX10 knocked on the door at the address, but no one answered.
One person who lives in the neighborhood didn't want to be identified, but spoke to FOX10 News after they were shown Bowman's picture.
When asked if she had ever seen her, the neighbor said, "Never really talked to her, I've just seen her out in the yard."
Police said they are still trying to determine a motive, but that there were events that started Thursday night.
Levy said, "Much earlier there is a call for a domestic dispute between the child's mother and the grandmother, but this actually occurred in the county. We're unaware of all this going on. Much later, we get a call somewhere on Moffett Road in reference to the grandmother and the child and the grandmother walking down Moffett Road."
Bowman does not have a criminal record listed on the jail log.
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