Update on Murder of 11 year-old in Shelbyville

A mental evaluation has been ordered for the woman that admitted to killing her 11-year-old son to death.

Patricia Sylvester, 32, is also accused of strangling her youngest son, who is 4 years old; he survived. Police said the 4-year-old boy had visible signs of trauma to his body.

On July 18th, a TBI Endangered Child Alert was issued for a child out of Bedford County. The vehicle description had been given out to surrounding counties as well as posted on social media by the TBI.

At 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the Estill Springs Police Department was dispatched to the Taylor Creek Greenway in reference to a suspicious person being there. The call had come out just 30 minutes after the alert had been posted. Estill Springs Police responded and spoke with the complainant, and they confirmed that it was Patricia Sylvester traveling in the red van.

After that, it was confirmed to be Sylvester a heavy police presence was formed down at the greenway. After a short period of officers being on the scene, articles were discovered within the trash can that Sylvester had placed and were later taken as evidence and handed over to the Shelbyville Police Department for further investigations.

It was first reported that Patricia Sylvester was in Coffee County, but she was located in Estill Springs.

Estill Springs Police thanked everyone that was involved, including the Good Samaritan, for notifying local law enforcement about the encounter.

Photo: Patricia Sylvester

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,932 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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