Friday, July 24, 2015

Death of teen boy severely abused by father in infancy ruled a homicide (Augusta, Georgia)

Dad is identified as JERRY LEE HOOD.

Death of teen with shaken baby syndrome ruled a homicide

 07/22/2015 04:38 PM  07/22/2015 04:38 PM    

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 told the newspaper it is too early to say if new charges will be filed against Hood.