Parents of Georgia infant decapitated at birth say hospital staff pushed for cremation

The parents of an infant who was decapitated during birth in Georgia last year said hospital staff advised the couple to cremate their son instead of sending him to a funeral home, according to reports.

Baby Treveon Isaiah Taylor Jr. was reportedly born by his mother, Jessica Ross, 20, at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale on July 10, 2023. She was unable to move due to shoulder dystocia. FOX 5 ATLANTA report.

Dr. Tracy St. Julian, an obstetrician-gynecologist, is said to have attempted a vaginal delivery. Shortly before midnight, a decision was made to perform a caesarean section and the infant’s body was handed over. The head was delivered vaginally.

“It is certain that the baby was decapitated as a complication of shoulder dystocia,” attorney Roderick Edmond, himself a doctor, said at a press conference Wednesday, according to People. “But the standard of care is very simple. In cases of shoulder dystocia, there are some proven things that must be done.”

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The baby’s mother and father, Jessica Ross and Treveon Isaiah Taylor Sr., attended a news conference in Atlanta where their attorneys announced the lawsuit. (AP File/Sudin Tanawa)

The hospital where the baby was delivered also announced that the baby died in the womb.

The hospital denied negligence in a court filing in November, but spokeswoman Melinda Fawkes told The Associated Press she could not comment Wednesday because of the lawsuit.

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Jessica Ross, 20, right, holds a press conference with her lawyers to announce a lawsuit against a Georgia hospital. (Waga)

In an earlier statement, the hospital said its “heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family and everyone affected by this tragic event.”

“Our prayers are also with the dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and staff at Southern Regional Medical Center who treated this patient,” the statement said.

The hospital noted that Mr. St. Julian’s was not an employee there.

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Tears rolled down Jessica Ross’ cheeks during a baby news conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, via AP)


Clayton County police are investigating the case with a view to possibly referring the case to prosecutors, the coroner’s office said in a Jan. 6 news release.

Clayton Police Maj. Frank Thomas said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the incident remains under investigation. The ministry said it would not comment on details of active cases.

“We just want justice for our son,” Treveon Taylor Sr. said, according to People. “They lied to us,” he claimed, referring to hospital staff.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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