Newborn baby Treveon Isaiah Taylor Jr’s death ruled a homicide after horror decapitation at Atlanta hospital

THE horrifying decapitation of a baby during labor at a hospital in Atlanta has been ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Treveon Isaiah Taylor Jr died by “the actions of another person” when his head was separated from his body in the birth canal at a Georgia hospital last summer, according to the ruling.

Treveon Isaiah Taylor, Sr. and Jessica Ross (middle) have filed a lawsuit against medical staff and the hospital where their baby was decapitated during labor

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Treveon Isaiah Taylor, Sr. and Jessica Ross (middle) have filed a lawsuit against medical staff and the hospital where their baby was decapitated during laborCredit: AP
A ruling by the Clayton County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death a homicide

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A ruling by the Clayton County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicideCredit: WSBTV

The Clayton County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Taylor Jr’s death a homicide on Tuesday and has passed the case on to the District Attorney who will decide on pursuing formal charges.

Meanwhile, Taylor Jr’s parents are pursuing a lawsuit against ob-gyn Dr. Tracey St. Julian who delivered the baby, her practice, the hospital, and the other medical staff involved, accusing them of medical negligence and wrongful death.

In addition to this, they also claim that Southern Regional Medical Center attempted to cover up the incident.

The first-time parents Jessica Ross, and Treveon Isaiah Taylor Sr were excited to meet their son on July 9 when Ross, 20, went into labor at 8:40 pm.

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However, 10 hours into the birth there were complications when the baby’s shoulder got stuck in the birth canal in what is known as shoulder dystocia.

When the womb was open, the feet came out, the body came out, and there was no head.

Attorney Dr. Roderick Edmond representing the parents

According to the lawsuit, Dr St. Julian delayed a C-section which the parents had requested, and failed to get help as soon as complications began.

The parents have accused the doctor of applying “ridiculously excessive force” on the baby’s head and neck in a desperate bid to deliver him and that this resulted in “Treveon Isaiah Taylor Jr.’s decapitation and death.”

The lawsuit claims doctors “pulled on the baby’s head and neck so hard and manipulated them so hard, that the bones in the baby’s skull, head and neck were broken.”

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At 12:11 am on July 10, Taylor Jr’s body and legs were born via C-section while the head was birthed vaginally.

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“When the womb was open, the feet came out, the body came out, and there was no head,” said Dr. Roderick Edmond, who is representing the Clayton County couple.

“My clients asked for a C-section much sooner than it was ever delivered while the baby was viable,” Edmond added.

The lawsuit claims that around an hour before the C-section delivery, fetal heart tones had stopped.

The baby had “fracture dislocation with complete transection (to the) upper cervical spine and spinal cord,” an autopsy report seen by Atlanta News First has confirmed.

The lawsuit further alleges that Dr St. Julian did not inform the parents about the decapitation when she spoke to them five hours after the delivery.

The medical staff and the hospital are accused of attempting to cover up what happened.

When the parents asked to see and hold their newborn, they were refused and were instead shown the baby which was allegedly wrapped up tightly in a blanket with his head “propped on top of his body” to hide the decapitation.

In addition to this, the lawsuit claims that staff attempted to discourage the couple from getting an autopsy and encouraged a cremation.

“They did everything in their power to not let the family know what actually happened on that day,” said attorney Cory Lynch, who is also representing the parents.

It was not until the family was discharged and the baby was sent to the funeral home that they learned the truth.

“This caused immediate, profound emotional and mental anguish for [them]… emotional and mental anguish that they continue to experience and most probably will experience for the rest of their lives,” the complaint states.

The Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home contacted the medical examiner and the family of the newborn on July 13 after discovering the decapitation. 

Subsequently, an investigation was launched into the baby’s death by the Medical Examiner’s Office which has now been concluded with Tuesday’s homicide ruling.

In conjunction with this, the Clayton County Police Department launched a criminal investigation though no charges have been made.

Clayton County Medical Examiner Brian Bryars has thanked the funeral home for its quick action.

“We are grateful for (the funeral home’s) call because the incident had not yet been reported to us,” he told WSBTV.

“I really want to thank Willie A. Watkins for being brave enough and bringing this to our attention.”

Under state law, the medical staff at the hospital should have informed the medical examiner’s officer following the baby’s death.

The lawsuit is seeking compensation for the suffering and death of the baby as well as the “tremendous mental and physical anguish and trauma” Ross suffered while Dr St.Julian attempted to remove the baby while the mother was awake.

The Southern Regional Medical Center issued a statement to WSB-TV2 saying that “this unfortunate infant death occurred in utero prior to the delivery and decapitation.”

It added that Dr Tracey St. Julian is not “and never has been” an employee of the hospital.

In a separate statement to Atlanta News First, a spokesperson for the Southern Regional Medical Center denied the allegations in the lawsuit.

“While our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, Southern Regional Medical Center denies the allegations in the Complaint referencing the hospital,” the statement read.

“Since this matter is in litigation, we are refrained from providing any additional information.

“Dr. St Julian [who is named in the lawsuit] is not an employee of the hospital.

“The hospital has taken the appropriate steps in response to this unfortunate situation.”

Meanwhile, the Clayton County Police Department has confirmed to the outlet that its investigation is complete and has been forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office. 

“It’s unclear if any charges will be filed,” the news outlet added.

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Attorneys Lynch and Edmond, are expected to hold a press conference on Wednesday.

The U.S. Sun has reached out to all parties for comment.

Brian Bryars, the medical examiner, announced the homicide ruling on Tuesday and the case is now with the District Attorney

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Brian Bryars, the medical examiner, announced the homicide ruling on Tuesday and the case is now with the District AttorneyCredit: WSBTV

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