NC woman convicted in 1986 for the murder of her infant up for parole review

Published 12:52 am Thursday, May 25, 2017

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — A North Carolina woman convicted more than 30 years ago of murdering her infant daughter is up for a parole review by the N.C. Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission, officials say.

The commission will gather information from people for and against parole for Shelia Marie Perdue, now 50.

Perdue was 19 when she was charged with the beating death of her month-old daughter, Tammy Maranda Perdue. She was convicted in 1986 and sentenced to life in prison.

According to Post articles, Perdue was at home alone with the infant when she called her husband, Homer Ray Perdue, to tell him something was wrong with the baby.

When Homer Perdue got home, his wife was sitting on the couch holding the baby. An autopsy performed at that time showed the baby had a broken leg, arm and collarbone, a crushed skull and multiple bruises.

A Lexington doctor who examined the girl said her skull resembled a crushed eggshell.

The state’s current sentencing law, Structured Sentencing, eliminates parole for crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 1994. However, the commission is responsible for parole decisions for offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines.

For more information, call the commission at 919-716–3010.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker t 705-797-4253.