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Athens mom charged after newborn stabbed to death

Morris News Service/ AJ Reynolds
Police and the district attorney enter the Athens home where a newborn was found fatally stabbed on Thursday.
Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 7:19 AM
Last updated 7:44 PM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A 21-year-old Athens woman was charged with murder Thursday night after her newborn child was stabbed to death earlier in the day.

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Cassandra Norwood  Morris News Service
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Cassandra Norwood

Athens-Clarke police said Cassandra Elyse Norwood was under guard at the hospital, where she was being treated for blood loss from giving birth.

Norwood stabbed her male infant in the home where she lived with her parents and other family members, on Great Oak Drive in the Waverly Woods subdivision off Whit Davis Road.

“From what we were able to determine, the child was born at the residence,” said Capt. Clarence Holeman, commander of the Athens-Clarke police Centralized Criminal Investigations Division.

Norwood was alone in one part of the house when she gave birth without anyone else knowing, police said.

Someone found the lifeless child and called 911 shortly after 1 p.m.

Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ken Mauldin responded to the scene and presumably was involved in discussions that resulted in a decision to bring criminal charges.

Holeman would not speculate on the woman’s motives or whether she might suffer from postpartum psychosis or other mental illness.

He said she not receiving psychiatric care at the hospital.

When Norwood is well enough, she will be transferred to the Clarke County Jail.

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Fiat_Lux 11/02/12 - 09:19 am
This is what we have done to our children

We have taught them that the life of new human beings is completely optional, and the panicked young have a hard time discriminating between pre-born and newborn.

Almost 40 years of killing inconvenient babies does have its effect on us.

MarinerMan 11/02/12 - 10:13 am
While the Reason is Uncertain

While the reason is uncertain, IMHO we need to take whatever steps are necessary, to make sure that she is unable to procreate ever again. I agree, Fiat_Lux...SAD.

CobaltGeorge 11/02/12 - 03:14 pm

Definitely a comment comment.

Woodchip 11/02/12 - 08:17 pm

It's unnatural for a mother not to cherish her child. She will probably get time for this. Ironic that an abortion Quack can stab a newborn (except for the head) in the back of the head and get paid to do it and the same law condemming her protects him. Go figure!

soapy_725 11/03/12 - 05:59 am
Only in America, Christian America

Thou shall do not murder. If you take man's life, by man's hands shall your life be taken.

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