Investigation into Child’s Death Results in Woman’s Indictment


March 5, 2024 – A Springfield woman is facing multiple charges following an investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into the death of a Chapmansboro child.

TBI agents joined the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol in investigating a child death.

Turner Simpkins, 5, was found deceased at his residence on Poplar Ridge Road in Chapmansboro. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that the child died from chronic blunt force injuries and malnourishment, and the manner of death was homicide. The investigation revealed that Shannon Elliott, the girlfriend of the victim’s father, was the individual responsible for Turner’s injuries.

On March 4th, the Cheatham County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Shannon 26-year-old Leigh Elliott with two counts of First Degree Murder and three counts of Aggravated Child Abuse/ Neglect/ Endangerment. Monday evening, Elliott was arrested and booked into the Cheatham County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.


Source: TBI