Mother is accused of killing newborn
ATHENS, GA. — Police say an infant boy was stabbed to death in an Athens house Thursday afternoon, hours after being born.
Athens-Clarke police say the newborn’s 21-year-old mother, Cassandra Elyse Norwood, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.
Norwood was booked Friday into the Clarke County jail after being released from a hospital, where she was treated for blood loss from giving birth.
Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said investigators determined the boy was born in the home where she lived with her parents and other family members.
Police said Norwood was alone in one part of the house when she gave birth without anyone else knowing. Someone found the dead child about 1 p.m. Thursday and called 911.
Holeman said no others are expected to be charged.
Juvenile Justice chief is sworn in
ATLANTA — Avery Niles was sworn in Friday as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.
Gov. Nathan Deal praised Niles as a “stalwart, dedicated and dependable” leader. Niles previously served as warden of the Hall County Correctional Institution and is a 23-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
Niles was initially named interim commissioner after Gale Buckner stepped down. The department has been dealing with safety and security concerns, particularly at the Youth Development Campus in Augusta, where the recent escape of five residents is being investigated.
Niles said Friday he is committed to providing “effective intervention to improve the lives of youth.”