Woman arrested in 2003 death of Coosa County 2-year-old

Woman arrested in 2003 death of Coosa County 2-year-old
Sonya Wright has been indicted for a 2003 cold case (Source: Coosa County Jail)

COOSA COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery woman has been arrested in a 2003 Coosa County cold case homicide.

A grand jury indicted Sonya Alesia Wright on a murder charge in the death of her niece Alexxys Wright, according to the Coosa County Sheriff's Office.

In July 2003 around 9:54 p.m., deputies were called to a home where they were told a 2-year-old had fallen and was unresponsive. When medical personnel arrived, they found Alexxys Wright unconscious and suffering from severe head injuries.

The child was taken by helicopter to a Georgia trauma center. She was pronounced dead four days later.

Medical personnel noted that Alexxys injuries were consistent with being violently shaken. An autopsy revealed multiple blunt force injuries to the head, chest, abdomen, back and upper/lower extremities. Due to the findings, her cause of death was ruled a homicide.

In 2013, Sheriff Terry Wilson formed a cold case task force to review and investigate the county's cold cases. The task force worked alongside the State Bureau of Investigation and conducted numerous interviews, performing a comprehensive review of the evidence in this case.

The findings, Wilson says, were then brought to the 40th Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office for presentation to the Coosa County grand jury. On April 20, the jury found probable cause to indict Sonya Wright for murder.

Authorities took Sonya Wright into custody Thursday. She was transported to the Coosa County Jail and placed under a $100,000 bond.

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