The woman dropped and fatally injured her 3-month-old baby during a fight with another woman outside a beauty supply store in Moultrie, Georgia.
In a shocking piece of news, WALB reported that 26-year-old Karen Lashun Harrison from Georgia is charged with felony murder, cruelty to children and simple battery. It all happened after Harrison dropped and fatally injured her 3-month-old during a physical fight with another woman. The CCTV footage captured showed Harrison standing beside a car holding her baby in her hand outside a beauty supply store in Moultrie.
She is then seen picking a fight with another woman. Things immediately turned rough as the woman Harrison was speaking to, hit her on the head with her shopping bag. Harrison immediately retaliated and began attacking the woman when two others intervened and turned the fight into a total disaster with all the women wrestling each other to the ground.
3-month-old dies days after falling from mother's arms during fight between mom, another woman https://t.co/z1HbC2FwFQ— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 23, 2019
But the worst thing to happen in all this, as Harrison retaliated from the initial attack, she drops her baby to the ground before launching herself onto the woman. The poor baby fell on the hard concrete and was left there for quite some time. The others who intervened in the fight then noticed the baby on the ground and finally picked it up.
Another individual Carneata Clark has also been charged in this regrettable incident. Clark, who is also 26, gave false statements to the police saying that she is a family-friend of Harrison's and that the baby fell from her arms in the scuffle that followed the fight. But the footage revealed the truth and Clark has been charged with false statements and obstruction of an officer.
Police said a mom dropped her 3-month-old son on the pavement while fighting another woman at a beauty supply store. The baby boy died from a head injury. https://t.co/COElQVdikQ— WSMV News4 Nashville (@WSMV) July 23, 2019
Police say the mom got into a fight with a woman at a beauty supply store and dropped her 3-month-old son onto the pavement. The baby was taken to the hospital with a head injury the next day and later died. https://t.co/jiLd3UKFun #KAKEnews— KAKE News (@KAKEnews) July 23, 2019
Moultrie Police Officer Lt. Freddie Williams said that the baby was taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center hospital on Saturday with a head injury. But unfortunately, it was too late for the little child as he succumbed to his injuries and passed away. "We investigated the incident and determined the baby did not receive his injuries how it was reported. It was reported to us that the baby had fallen from the caregiver's arms and received the injuries," said Lt. Freddie Williams.
"Then we got information that there was a fight. This is very disturbing, that two adults would fight in public place," he said. "Especially while holding a three-month-old child in her arms.". Officer Wiliams also confirmed that the other woman involved in the fight (the one who Harrison fought with) hasn't been charged, but more arrests could likely happen.
The woman she was fighting with should be charged as well......She Saw the baby!!— Johnnie Baker (@baker_johnnie) July 23, 2019
Clark however, did give her statement to the public via the press following the arrests and the news of the toddler's death. “People on the outside looking in, they don’t even know the whole story, you feel me, I feel like, free Karen, all the way,” said Clark.
“If y’all know Karen, she takes care of her kids, y’all know how she feels about her kids, y’all know what she’ll do for her kids, y’all know that she is no bad person,” said Clark.
It looks like the OTHER woman initiated violence toward her by hitting her with the bag & when the baby dropped it hard to tell if it was caused by the mother or the other woman who hit her knowing she was carrying a baby in her arms. The other woman needs to be held accountable— Sonja R. Dupree (@SonjaRDupree1) July 23, 2019
District Attorney Brad Shealy also gave a concluding remark on the incident. “Preliminary information indicates that the baby died as a result of medical attention not being sought and based upon that, the warrant was issued for felony murder,” said Shealy. The people of Moultrie have taken to asking the District Attorney, as to why the woman who hit Harrison with the shopping bag isn't charged and arrested as well. It makes sense considering the CCTV footage which revealed the fight. Maybe the entire incident wasn't captured, but with the existing evidence on board, it's clear that this unknown woman was the one who instigated the fight with her attack.
Child safety is a growing concern in America. Injuries to young children often happen at home because this is where they spend most of their time. The best way to keep children safe is to supervise them well. It is also important to make sure your home, yard and other environments are safe.