Former Councilwoman in Court

4-25-05 – A former Sherman City Council Member, charged with injury to a child, appeared in court Monday.

A jury of 9 women and 3 men were selected in the case against Amy Hoffman-Shehan. She was indicted in September of 2003, but denies the charges against her.

Prosecutors say Shehan tried to injure her then 4-year-old child on her backside while she was taking a bath, in an attempt to accuse her husband of sexual abuse. The next day, Shehan took the child to a doctor.

But a few weeks later, police say the child confessed to a babysitter that her mother was behind the abuse. It is a charge Shehan has always denied.

Testimony is expected to begin Tuesday morning.

Sheehan served one term on the Sherman City Council beginning in since May 2002. She was defeated in a re-election bid in May of 2004.