Tragic Incident: Baby Decapitated During Delivery Ruled as Homicide in Clayton County, Georgia

The death of a baby who was beheaded in a Georgia hospital after delivery has been declared a murder by the medical examiner's office. The 20-year-old Jessica Ross is suing her doctor, Tracy St. Julian, claiming that the doctor attempted for hours to deliver her son's shoulder, which had gotten stuck in the delivery canal. In the end, on July 10, 2023, the baby's head was born vaginally, but the body was delivered by Cesarean section, according to FOX 5 Atlanta. The lawsuit against St. Julian, her OB/GYN clinic, a few nurses, and the hospital, Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, claims that Ross was unaware of all of this. It claims that when St. Julian talked with the family after birth, she said nothing about the beheading.

Ross and Treveon Taylor, the baby's father, reportedly saw a tightly wrapped bundle with the baby's head "propped on top of his body" to hide the condition when they requested to view the child. According to the complaint, the hospital allegedly urged the couple to cremate the baby instead of sending the corpse to a funeral home and discouraged them from requesting an autopsy. According to the lawsuit, funeral home employees would subsequently inform the parents that their kid had been beheaded. They also got in touch with the office of the Clayton County Medical Examiner. According to FOX 5, an autopsy revealed that the boy's causes of death were "fracture-dislocation" of his upper cervical spine and spinal cord, shoulder dystocia, labor arrest, and fetal entrapment.

According to WSB, the lawsuit states that the doctor "pulled on the baby's head and neck so forcefully and twisted them so hard, that the bones in the baby's skull, head, and neck were shattered." Its goal is to make Premier Womens' OB/GYN "liable for its employee's severely negligent actions and omissions." The infant passed away "in utero prior to the birth and decapitation," according to a statement from the hospital. It further said that St. Julian has "never" worked for a company. It is unknown whether charges will be brought after an investigation by Clayton County Police, who have now turned over their findings to the District Attorney's office, according to WSB.


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