Nashville mother arrested after confessing to murder of daughter ten years ago

Posted at 12:44 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 13:44:06-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Nashville mother was arrested Monday night for the murder of her infant daughter ten years ago, after confessing that she was responsible.

Police say Zohal Sakwall, 40, told them on June 15, 2010, that she had laid her 4-month-old daughter, Natalie, down for a nap, and that when she returned, the girl had become entangled in a blanket and suffocated.

Natalie was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Based on information available and the autopsy results, the death was classified as an accident.

On January 31, Sakwall called the youth services division of Metro Nashville police. She told a detective over the phone that she lied about how Natalie died, destroyed evidence and staged the scene to cover up the murder.

Following the phone call, detectives interviewed Sakwall at police headquarters, where she admitted to suffocating her daughter with a plastic bag. She said this was because of the disruption to her life the child caused.

Sakwall was arrested at her home on North Nathez Court late Monday night. She is charged with first degree murder, and jailed in lieu of a $200,000 bond.