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.