Baby's death from decapitation during hospital labor in Georgia declared homicide

By Jen Krausz on
 February 8, 2024

The death of a baby who was decapitated during the labor process in a Georgia hospital has been declared a homicide by the Clayton County Medical Examiner's Office.

The baby's head became stuck during delivery, and doctors and nurses did not follow proper procedures to resolve the issue, according to an attorney for the parents.

Medical staff then tried to cover up what happened, not letting the parents touch or hold the child and pressuring them to cremate him.

"It’s diabolical in my mind," Edmond said. "That they tried to basically force her to get the baby cremated to basically spoil the evidence. That they lied to them saying, 'You can’t get a free autopsy at the expense of Clayton County.'"

After three days, the funeral home that had possession of the baby's body notified the medical examiner about the decapitation. Prior to that notification, the parents did not know about the decapitation.

No charges have been filed so far in the infant's death.