Georgia mom faces murder charge after dropping baby during fight, police say

Police: Mom Faces Murder Charge After Dropping Baby During Fight

MOULTRIE, Ga. — A South Georgia mother is accused of dropping her 3-month-old during a fight with another woman in Moultrie, leading to the baby's death Saturday, according to several media reports.

Karen Lashun Harrison, 26, faces felony murder, first-degree child cruelty, second-degree child cruelty, simple battery and affray charges after the incident, police told Albany-based news station WALB-TV.

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She told police that the child fell from a family friend's arms, and the friend, 26-year-old Carneata Clark, told them the same story, the news station reported. However, surveillance video revealed Harrison and another woman were in a fight Friday at Thomas Beauty Supply off First Avenue, and Harrison was the person to drop the child, police said.

The other woman does not face charges as of Monday evening, which is why AJC.com is not identifying her. Clark has been charged with false statements and obstruction, WALB-TV reported.

The baby was taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center the next day for a head injury, where the child later died, the news station reported. The child’s body was sent for an autopsy.

This is an ongoing investigation, and police said more arrests are possible. AJC.com has reached out to Moultrie police for more information on the investigation.

Moultrie is the Colquitt County seat, and it is about 40 miles southeast of Albany and 200 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

AJC.com has also reached out to the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office for more information on both suspects' custody.

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