- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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 (https://bit.ly/1CUBxTl) 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 told the newspaper it is too early to say if new charges will be filed against Hood.


Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , https://www.augustachronicle.com

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