Georgia mother, charged after her baby died, falling from her arms during fight with another woman
Karen Lashun Harrison is charged with felony murder after fatally dropping her three-month-old baby during a fight with a woman outside a beauty store on July 19
Harrison, 26, allegedly then ‘lied about how the infant sustained injuries when she took him to hospital’
The new mother allegedly, had her infant son in her arms when she engaged in a fight with another woman at the mall on Friday
Video shows her talking to the woman with the baby in one arm then being smacked in the face by the other woman’s shopping bag
The video also shows that the mom dropped the baby onto a concrete parking lot and fought back – Harrison took him to the hospital the next day but allegedly lied about how he had been hurt
The infant died shortly afterwards – Police have charged Harrison and a family friend, Carneata Clark, who cops allege corroborated the lie about how the baby sustained the injuries
Although the other woman threw the first punch, she has not been charged or arrested
Karen Lashun Harrison has been charged with felony murder, first degree cruelty to children, second degree cruelty to children, simple battery and affray. July 19, she got into a fight with an unidentified woman outside a beauty store in Moultrie, Georgia, and dropped her three-month-old son in a concrete parking lot.
While Lashun Harrison, 26, is charged with murder after allegedly dropping her 3-month-old baby fell from her arms during a fight with a woman at a Moultrie business, then later died.
Her friend Carneata Clark is charged with providing a false statement and writings as well as obstruction. Clark was not involved in the fight itself but is accused of lying to police afterwards, during the cover up, regarding the source of the baby’s injuries.
However, the incident was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras. Video of the altercation shows Harrison cradling her son in one arm and approaching the other woman as they stand next to a car in the parking lot.
The threw the first punch when she swung a shopping bag full of goods to hit Harrison in the face.
Harrison lost her balance and her grip on the baby then fought back, dropping him.
As they scrapped in the parking lot, several others ran over before a stranger picked up the baby boy, who the mother left lying on the ground in the melee.
Harrison waited a day to take baby to the hospital. But when she did, police say she lied about the cause of the injuries, claiming that he fell while in the care of a relative.
He later died. The results of his autopsy have not yet been released.
Now his mother has been charged in his death.
Carneata Clark, a 26-year-old family friend who also allegedly lied about how he’d been hurt, has been charged.
A spokesman for the Moultrie Police Department condemned both women, telling ABC: ‘It’s very disturbing tat two adults would fight in a public place while holding a three-month-old child in their arms.’
The woman who his mother was fighting with outside the store has not been arrested or named.
The case echoes that of a pregnant mother who was threatened with manslaughter charges after being shot in the stomach while five months pregnant.
That woman was never indicted.
It remains unclear what Harrison and the other woman were fighting about in the parking lot and if they were known to each other.
Police say that while no one else has been charged yet, their investigation is ongoing.