Georgia’s mother, Jessica Ross, whose baby was ‘decapitated’ during birth, claims the doctor didn’t tell her – saying her baby boy’s head was propped up on his body when she first held him
A young Georgia mother, 20, is accusing a doctor of decapitating their baby during delivery and then placing his head on his body to hide what they had done, a lawsuit alleges.
Jessica Ross, 20, and Treveon Isaiah Taylor Sr., subpoenaed Dr. Tracey St. Julian and Southern Regional Medical Center, a hospital in Riverdale, Georgia, where Ross went on July 9 to visit her son Treveon Isaiah Taylor Jr.
According to the suit, the boy’s shoulders became trapped during a vaginal delivery that began at 8:40 p.m. that evening.
Dr. St. Julian is accused of delaying a C-section and not seeking help quickly. Instead, she exerted “ridiculously excessive force” on the baby’s head and neck to try to deliver the baby while Ross was still awake, lawyer and physician Roderick Edmond claims.
The baby’s body and legs were delivered by cesarean section three and a half hours later at 12:11 p.m., and his head was delivered vaginally.
When Ross and Taylor demanded to see and hold their child, they claimed the baby was wrapped tightly in a blanket with its head “on its body” to make it look like it was still attached. They eventually found out about the funeral parlor beheading, they claim.
Jessica Ross and Treveon Isaiah Taylor Sr. (pictured), attended a press conference in Atlanta on Wednesday to advance their lawsuit against Dr. Tracey St. Julian and the Southern Regional Medical Center for alleging that their baby boy was decapitated during birth
The lawsuit alleges that Dr. St. Julian did not tell Ross and her family about the beheading when she spoke to them at about 5am on July 10.
The grieving couple have accused the hospital of trying to cover up what happened by discouraging them from having an autopsy and encouraging them to have their son cremated.
“They were so excited about the birth of their first child,” says attorney Cory Lynch. “Unfortunately, their dreams and hopes turned into a nightmare that was covered up by the Southern Regional Medical Center.”
The lawsuit demands that Ross and Taylor be compensated for the suffering and death of their infant son and the “tremendous mental and physical anguish and trauma” Ross experienced.
Edmond claims that by the time Ross was admitted for a C-section, a fetal monitor was not registering a heartbeat.
The couple had previously even asked for a caesarean section, when the baby could have survived, but was denied, Edmond said.
Together with dr. St. Juilian and Premier Women’s OB/GYN, LLC – a healthcare group of which St. Julian is a member – several nurses at the hospital are also charged with gross negligence in the couple’s lawsuit, claiming they didn’t follow proper procedures once they knew the baby’s shoulders were stuck.
Calls to St. Julian’s office went unanswered and an email message was not immediately answered.
Southern Regional said in statements it could not discuss the treatment of certain patients due to privacy laws, but it denies the allegations against it.
His “sincere thoughts and prayers” were with Ross and Taylor and their caregivers, it said.
“Our commitment is to provide compassionate quality care to every patient, and this loss is heartbreaking,” the hospital said.
It later added that St. Julian was not an employee of the hospital and that it had taken “appropriate steps in response to this unfortunate situation.”
Attorney Roderick Edmond, from left, accompanied by Treveon Isaiah Taylor, Sr., Jessica Ross, and attorney Cory Lynch, speaks at a news conference
Their lawyers announced the lawsuit against Dr. Tracey St. Julian and the Southern Regional Medical Center, a hospital in Riverdale, Georgia, where Ross went on July 9 to have her son. Riverdale is about 13 miles south of Atlanta
“They were so excited about the birth of their first child,” says attorney Cory Lynch. “Unfortunately, their dreams and hopes turned into a nightmare that was covered up by the Southern Regional Medical Center”
A spokeswoman, Kimberly Golden-Benner, said the hospital was unable to comment further.
Premier Women’s OB/GYN has two locations and offers circumcisions, infertility treatments and other services in addition to low- and high-risk obstetric care, the website said.
St. Juilan is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who has been practicing in the Atlanta area since January 2005, the website says.
He said the case focused on the higher infant and maternal mortality rates for black women.
Ross and Taylor, 21, did not speak at Wednesday’s press conference.
The suit alleges gross negligence, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It is seeking unspecified punitive damages.