Death of Teen With Shaken Baby Syndrome Ruled a Homicide

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – The death of an Augusta teenager who suffered from shaken baby syndrome dating back to 1999 has been ruled a homicide.

Richmond County Coroner, Mark Bowen, tells The Augusta Chronicle that the results of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy were returned last week, determining that 16-year-old September Watson died on Feb. 22 as the result of a brain injury she suffered 16 years ago.

Watson’s father Jerry Lee Hood received a 20-year sentence in 2000 after being convicted of cruelty to children and aggravated battery for violently shaking Watson as an infant. Prosecutors said the incident caused Watson to become a quadriplegic.

Assistant District Attorney, Natalie Paine, says it is too early to say if new charges will be filed against Hood.

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