Former Air Force Spouse Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of Baby in Spain

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A former Air Force spouse has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of her child while living in Spain, where her husband was stationed.

Shawna Chapman, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder Wednesday in U.S. District Court. She will be sentenced June 5.

Chapman admitted to stabbing her 11-month-old daughter in the abdomen, intending to killer her, on Feb. 10, 2016, while Chapman's husband was stationed at Moron Air Base in Moron, Spain, through the U.S. military. Chapman was living as a military dependent of her husband when the stabbing occurred, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

The child suffered a life-threatening injury that required emergency surgery and an extended hospitalization. She survived.

Chapman was charged under the military extraterritorial jurisdiction act. The FBI and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations investigated the case in close cooperation with Spanish authorities, the district attorney's office said.


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