Woman Pleads No Contest to Toddler’s Murder

A Crestview woman faces up to 65 years in prison after pleading no contest to the murder of her fiancé’s toddler.

Prosecutors say Nicole Allen hit 2-year-old Logan Sherwin, causing a skull fracture and brain injuries that resulted in his death.

Allen and her fiancé, Grant Sherwin, were arrested on aggravated child abuse charges on December 29, 2011. The day before, police responded to a 911 call from the couple’s home and found Logan unresponsive in his bed.

Logan was malnourished and had bruises on his feet, spinal column, forehead, lower legs and arms. He also had a bump on the top of his head and a cut on the inside of his lip.

Logan died 8 hours later at Sacred Heart in Pensacola.

Sherwin first claimed his son had fallen off the toilet and hit his head. But the medical examiner’s findings during the autopsy said otherwise.

Sherwin pleaded no contest on January 23 to one count of child abuse and one count child neglect.

In addition to the plea on the murder charge, Allen also pleaded no contest to 9 counts of child neglect of Logan and three counts of child neglect of his sister, three-year-old Olivia Sherwin.
Police say the couple would routinely leave the toddlers home alone for hours at a time.

Sherwin is scheduled to be sentenced next week. He faces a maximum sentence of 20-years in prison.

Allen is scheduled to be sentenced on July 8.