Medical examiner rules homicide in infant’s decapitation during delivery

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Attorney Roderick Edmond, (from left), joined by Treveon Isaiah Taylor, Sr., Jessica Ross and attorney Cory Lynch. (AP)

LOS ANGELES, Feb 7, (Agencies): A tragic incident unfolded when the death of an infant, Treveon Isaiah Taylor Jr, who was decapitated during delivery, was officially labeled a homicide by the Clayton County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday, as confirmed by multiple news outlets. The distressing event occurred on July 10, 2023.

The sequence of events began on July 9, when 20-year-old Jessica Ross was urgently taken to Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Georgia, following her water breaking. A lawsuit filed last summer by Ross and her partner, Treveon Isaiah Taylor Sr, alleged complications during delivery, citing “shoulder dystocia” as the impediment preventing natural childbirth.

The recent medical examiner’s report attributed the infant’s death to “shoulder dystocia, arrest of labor, and fetal entrapment in the birth canal.” The 2022 lawsuit accused attending physician Dr. Tracey St. Julian of negligently applying excessive traction on the baby’s head and asserted that the hospital failed to perform a timely and proper Cesarean section, leading to the tragic decapitation and death of Treveon Isaiah Taylor Jr.

During a subsequent C-section procedure, the baby’s body and legs were successfully removed, while the head was delivered naturally. The couple’s first child, delivered full-term, resulted in a distressing situation as the new parents claimed staff discouraged them from opting for an autopsy. The revelation about the decapitation only occurred after their discharge from the hospital.

In their request to see and hold their newborn, the baby was reportedly tightly wrapped in a blanket, with his head strategically positioned on top of his body to conceal the devastating reality of the decapitation. The aftermath of this heartbreaking incident has caused immediate, profound emotional and mental anguish for the grieving parents, an experience that they anticipate enduring for the rest of their lives, according to the 2023 complaint.

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