An 11-year-old shooting victim was transported Friday morning via LifeSaver to Children's Hospital, where he later died.

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Mom arrested in boys’ shooting

Published 11:29am Friday, June 3, 2011

By JUSTIN AVERETTE and STEPHEN DAWKINS / Advertiser Staff

An 11-year-old boy died and his 15-year-old brother was injured Friday following a shooting at a mobile home outside Clanton.

The boys’ mother, Ann Campbell, 34, of Clanton has been arrested and will face charges of murder and attempted murder. As of Friday afternoon, she was being held in the Chilton County Jail.

Ann Campbell has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

The 11-year-old died after being transported via LifeSaver to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

The older boy was taken by ambulance to Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster. Sheriff Kevin Davis described that boy’s condition as stable.

Davis said a motive has not been determined and that the investigation is ongoing. Several investigators are still out in the field working the case Friday afternoon, Davis said.

The shootings happened in the 3,300th block of County Road 69 in the Enterprise community. County Road 69 is Baker Holly Road while in the city limits of Clanton.

A call concerning a shooting with injuries came into dispatchers at 10:02 a.m. Davis said he wasn’t certain who placed the 911 call.

LifeSaver landed in the parking lot of Zion Ridge Church of God on County Road 49, which is across the street from an Enterprise Fire and Rescue station.

Sheriff Kevin Davis addresses reporters during a news conference Friday afternoon in front of the Chilton County Jail.

Several law enforcement agencies, fire and rescue squads and ambulances responded to the shooting.

Davis held a 3 p.m. press conference to provide members of the media more information about the shooting. He said the case was heart-breaking and hard to understand.

“Our hearts are saddened … we all have kids at home,” Davis said. “We can’t quite grasp how this took place today.”

Davis said Campbell had been incarcerated at the Chilton County Jail before, but he didn’t elaborate on any previous charges. He said the boys’ father and step-mother had been contacted.

Campbell was arrested at the scene of the shooting without incident, according to authorities. She has at least one other child, a teenage daughter, Davis said.

On the Chilton County Sheriff Department website, Davis encouraged the public to pray for this family.

“Please pray for this family and all the other emergency personnel that has been impacted today,” Davis wrote on his department’s website.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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  • Rickey

    Not to change the subject. No and no indeed. But I forgot to thank Chaney2 for his/her support and encouragement for my cousin who so desperately wants to adopt needy children but cannot for reasons already stated. Thank you again Chaney2. Changing the mentality of the entire world is tough, but people like yourself and Katherine Reese, and myself and millions more like us can do it … one negative attitude at a time! All the best to all of you!

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  • Rickey

    I can’t help but wonder if the woman was on drugs … legal or otherwise? It’s the only explaination I can come up with. Good Lord, if my mother killed me simply because I misbehaved, she’d would have killed me the day I was born. My mother was in labor for 32 hours and then I had the nerve to be born feet first!
    Fairygrandmother – don’t worry about your verb tenses. I didn’t even pick up on it ’til you pointed it out :) We all know what you meant – or – is is spelled m-e-n-t. See, ain’t none of us perfect :)

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  • chaney2

    Pray for all the siblings:
    Lisha, Bailey, step-sisters Machiela and Kisianna, step-brother Corey. There are so many innocent lives that will forever be changed. I keep posting because I don’t want people to focus on the why right now. I believe everyone who knew Mike would agree that he just wants someone to take care of his brothers and his sisters. He was just that kind of boy. He could play rough with the best of them, but nobody was gonna mess with his brothers and sisters. In memory of Mike, if you do nothing else, pray for the other children.

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  • nerdgirl205

    @ big mouth. did they really say that? thats jsut idiotic. What kind of station would say she is a good mother? they must be about as good at news as she is a mother.

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  • big mouth

    Can anyone believe that they said on 33/40 that she was really a good mother. Guess I don’t know what a good mother is but I do know thay don’t shoot their own kids.

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  • nerdgirl205

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/profile.php?id=100001904140895

    i believe that is her fb profile. its funny how she says she enjoys spending time with her family adn friends. when she apparently didnt like her family that much after all. how cruel to od such things to your own kids.

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  • nerdgirl205

    It sickins me to kno there is such people in the world who would have the nerve to kill their own children. I have family and friends who work at the jail adn i have been informed that the youngest boy was asleep when his mother murdered him. I cant see how sleeping is a form of misbehaving. Im not saying this as a fact it is simply what i have been told.

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  • chaney2

    This is so tragic for my family. My brother is the step-father. Even though he and Ann were seperated he still cared for those kids. I cry daily because I will never see my “blue-eyed baby” ever again. Nobody knows what she was thinking. She hasn’t told anyone. It couldn’t have been because the kids wouldn’t behave. They are no different now than they were when they were with me in Texas. Ann is responsible for this. I think it was selfish on her behalf to take Mike’s life. I can’t even begin to comprehend how a mom could do this. Pray for my brother and for Mike’s dad. They really need it right now.

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    • fairygrandmother

      Praying for peace for your family and for justice and salvation for Ann.

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    • reecie1

      chaney2 even if the boys were misbehaving (boys misbehaving, who would have thought it) that is no reason to shoot them. If you shot the kids in this world that misbehaved there wouldn’t be any. Have you been in Walmart lately? I’m praying that the other child that was shot can heal and get over this eventually. I’m also praying for his Dad and your brother. I agree with you I too can’t understand how a Mom could do this. I really hope she gets the punishment she deserves.

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      • chaney2

        Thank you for your kind words. I know that all of the wonderful people in my home county, Chilton County, Alabama, will be praying for us, and seeking justice for the innocent life so easily taken. The children are just what they are, CHILDREN. If she needed a break, she could have let the children visit other relatives for the summer.

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  • reecie1

    I have heard that the reason she shot them was because she couldn’t get them to behave. Also when the deputies got there that she had reloaded the gun and was just before shooting herself. If any of this is true I am glad that she didn’t get to take the easy way out. She deserves to sit in prison and let the other inmates punish her at the very least. She’s got 2 children left, surely they wouldn’t let her go free to get another chance at them. I believe there is a special place in hell for people like this. Treasure every moment you have with your children whether they be young or adults.

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  • fairygrandmother

    Parents please use your eyes and ears as well as that gut feeling thing God gives us! Look at this woman, the hovel she called a home for those kids, check out the lifestyles of your kids friends and listen. You may err on the side of caution, but slammit! when dealing w/ our kids I will take my mistakes up w/ my God while holding tightly to my kids. This woman has had brushes w/ the law on two previous occasions, one court just 2-3 weeks ago. The buzz from people who have associated w/ her says that the legal issues she faced was due to inappropriate “refreshments” being served to visiting minors (and other matters much worse). This may be merely rumor and baseless, but I guess where these precious kids are concerned, that point is now moot. And JJ I too am glad that your nephew is safe, my understanding is that other kids who have visited in that woman’s home have not fared well.

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  • Rickey

    JJ –
    I am absolutely delighted that your nephew is safe and sound. Kids are so innocent and it is a sad, sad thing when horrible things happen to them. It is a sad thing when horrible things happend to adults, as well. I sincerely hope that your sister does not look back and dwell on “what if she had done this” or “what if she had done that”. Hind sight is always 20/20 vision, and none of us could have seen the outcome of this deranged woman. I’m going to fight the temptation to judge her, and only hope that she gets the help she deserves. On the other hand, I sincerely hope that the kids (including the deceased one) gets the JUSTICE they so lovingly deserve.

    Thank you KR for your kind words. My beloved grandmother use to say that “No matter how expensive education becomes … it will never be as expensive as ‘ignorance’.

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  • JJ9776

    This little boy was a friend of my nephews and they slept over at each others houses all the time. My nephew was just over there last weekend and then this happens this weekend. My sister wonders if she had tried to get this boy to come home with her would this still have taken place. Then I can’t help but wonder if my nephew had stayed the night again would we also be burying him. It is terrible that my nephew is going through this at his age. Its even more sad that this mother who was supposed to love her chldren did this, but such a terrible loss for his surviving siblings, father, extended family and friends. My prayers are with this family in this time.

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  • Rickey

    Truly, truly sad. Surely Ann Campbell did not possibly get out of bed on the morning in question and know that by day’s end she whould have murdered one of her children and seriously wounded another. I wonder if drugs might have played a part in all of this. I have a wonderful and loving cousin in Chilton County whose sexual orientation happens to be gay. Said cousin can not adopt children because the state renders her as un-fit based solely on her sexual orientation. Apparently, and by state law, mothers who murder their own children are deemed “fit”.
    Whether my dear cousin ever gets to adopt children or not is another fight for another day. But these kids, one whose life has ben extinguished, derserve justice TODAY!

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    • Katherine Reece

      Studies have proven that children of homosexual parents on average actually do better in school and in life in general. There is no reason, except ignorance, that they shouldn’t be able to adopt, especially when you consider the number of children needing a home where they are wanted.

      The state is stupid for fixing it where your cousin can’t adopt. Could she do it under a private adoption?

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    • chaney2

      I am so sorry for your cousin, because I lived in Chilton County 27 of my 37 years. I have loved the people and the atmosphere. However, the “Good Ole Boy” mentality is still part of the social make up of that state. I live in Texas now and it isn’t even that bad here. I am black and of course have experienced my own prejudices in Chilton County. If I were your cousin, I would go to the Supreme Court Library in Montgomery and get help looking up information for adoption, and/or hire an attorney. Things will get better.

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  • big mouth

    May she burn in Hell.

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    • chaney2

      Please remember that we are Christians. We the family have to deal with not just the lost of our nephew, grandson, cousin, son. We have to also deal with the fact there are other children who need support. They really do not need to read comments like this. Please, Please, Please refrain from printing things they may read. Thank you.

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  • 1oldman

    Having been in the business for a numbewr a number of years, and now retired, the onky thing I can imagine as a cause for this action, is a mental breakdown. I know that is what an attorney will say in her defense. Right wrong or indifferent, it is the only reasonable explanation for such a violent course of action on a mothers part. Should We not stand back, and let a jury of their peers judge her in this life, and our Heavenly Father in the next one.

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    • chaney2

      She had already been evaluated. She decided to act this way not an illness.

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  • swampmonkey12

    That’s sad that this happened. I know the oldest boy. My prayers go out to this family. As for the mother she needs to stay in jail until she dies!!!!

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  • jeralyn4313

    There is no excuse or reason good enough for the taking of her son’s life and wounding the other! Lord have Mercy on the two children that are still alive. I only pray the father will step up to the plate and help these children thru this. As for the Mother that shot them…let her rot in prison and I do mean ROT. It gauls me that my tax dollars will go to defend this piece of trash and she will just sit in jail with “RIGHTS”!! If you have ever lost a child you will feel as I do. She deserves nothing!! Even death is too good for her..she needs to live a long time and see those precious faces every minute of every day and night as she is rotting in a jail cell with no air or heat and eating garbage!
    Yep I am furious. And Lord BLESS the officers and parametics that tried to pick up the pieces of those precious lives.

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    • Katherine Reece

      From your reply, I guess you have lost a child. I’m very sorry, I can’t even imagine.

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    • chaney2

      jeralyn4313, I cannot speak for the whole family. I can only speak from the heart and what I am told by the members of my family. My sister-in-law had been acting erratically for a while. She had a mental evaluation and was released. It is easy to be on the outside looking in and talking about what you see, but trust me, there is more to the story than what you have read in the news or heard on the news. We don’t want to use such harsh language when talking about my sister-in-law, because it doesn’t help the other children heal. The other boy who was shot is experiencing some anger, hurt, and despair all at the same time. As adults we have to teach forgiveness and tolerance. Ann will be punished not just by our laws but by the judgement of God. Thanks for respecting my request to refrain from using such harsh language. You are certainly entitled to your opinions, but I want to protect my nieces and nephews (all of them).

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  • rhondaw1960@gmail.com

    praying for the family of the boys and everyone that had to experience this tragedy this morning….

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