Georgia baby’s decapitation during hospital birth ruled a homicide

The death of an infant who was decapitated during birth at an Atlanta-area hospital has been ruled a homicide.

The Clayton County Coroner’s Office announced Tuesday that newborn Treveon Taylor’s death was caused by “acts of another person” during a complicated birth on July 9.

The mother, Jessica Ross, 20, experienced complications while giving birth at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, according to a lawsuit filed in August by the mother and the baby’s father.

During delivery, the baby stopped descending due to shoulder dystocia, according to the complaint. This means that the baby’s shoulders can no longer pass through the pelvic area.

Doctors performed the Caesarean section too late with the baby stuck in the vaginal canal, causing “excessive tension” on the baby’s head and causing it to separate from her body.

According to the complaint, the doctor, identified as Dr. Tracy St. Julian, did not tell the mother and father about the decapitation and refused to let them hold the baby after the mother’s death.

Hospital staff also showed the parents that the baby was wrapped tightly in a blanket with her head resting on top of it.

Jessica Ross, 20, experienced complications when giving birth at Southern Regional Medical Center.

Hospital staff are also accused of telling the couple that an autopsy was not necessary and pressuring them to cremate the infant’s body.

In the lawsuit, the parents claim they didn’t realize they had been decapitated until they received a call from the funeral home, and officials allege why the decapitated infant was taken from the hospital rather than the coroner’s office or law enforcement. He was confused as to whether he had received it.

“I just felt a sense of urgency to say, ‘Hey, listen, this isn’t right, this isn’t right.’ I’ve never seen this before,” said Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home. Manager Sylvania Watkins told the show in August.

The infant’s death at an Atlanta-area hospital was ruled a homicide. google map

“We should have retrieved this body from the coroner’s office because the body and head were separated. When that didn’t happen, I stepped in and backed up and said we need to do it right.” added Watkins.

The funeral home then reported the condition of the deceased baby to the medical examiner’s office, and an investigation was immediately launched.

The coroner’s office also said diabetes from pregnancy and premature rupture of the membranes contributed to the newborn’s death.

The couple filed a lawsuit against the doctor and hospital in August. AP

In August, the hospital said it could not discuss patient care or treatment due to HIPAA laws.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and everyone affected by this tragic event. Our prayers also go out to the team,” the hospital said in a statement.

“While we extend our condolences to the family, Southern Regional Medical Center denies the allegations in the complaint regarding the hospital. As this matter is in litigation, we are unable to comment further. As for Dr. St. Julian’s, is not an employee of the hospital. The hospital has taken appropriate action in response to this unfortunate situation.”

The Clayton County Coroner’s Office said it is up to the district attorney to formally file charges in connection with the murder investigation.



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