police say she stabbed to death her infant son just hours after giving
him. According to officials, the mother, Cassandra
Elyse Norwood, delivered the baby in secret and without any assistance in
the Athens home where she lived with her parents and other relatives.
Athens-Clarke police told the Athens Banner-Herald
the 21-year-old was alone in one part of the house on Great Oak Drive when she
gave birth Thursday afternoon.
At around 1pm, police received a 911 call from
someone who had found the baby’s lifeless body inside the residence in the
Waverly Woods subdivision.
First responders who arrived on the scene
discovered the slain infant. Shortly after, Norwood was taken into custody and
charged with murder before being sent to Athens Regional Medical Center.
Police would not speculate about the motive behind
the deadly stabbing, only saying that Norwood did not require psychiatric care
while at the hospital. Norwood’s Facebook page says the 21-year-old, who has
three siblings, graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 2009. She also
listed marketing at Athens Technical College
under the education classification