Carneata Clark (left), Karen Lashun Harrison
Photo: Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office

Cops: South Georgia mom faces murder charge after dropping baby during fight

A South Georgia mother is accused of dropping her 3-month-old during a fight with another woman, leading to the baby’s death Saturday, police said.

Karen Lashun Harrison, 26, faces felony murder, first-degree child cruelty, second-degree child cruelty, simple battery and affray charges after the incident, according to a Moultrie police news release.

She told police the child fell from a family friend’s arms, and the friend, 26-year-old Carneata Clark, told them the same story, the release said. However, surveillance video revealed Harrison and another woman were in a fight Friday at Thomas Beauty Supply and Harrison was the person who dropped the child, police said.

The other woman does not face charges, which is why AJC.com is not identifying her. Clark has been charged with false statements and obstruction.

The baby was taken the next day to Colquitt Regional Medical Center for a head injury, where the child later died, the release said. The body was sent for an autopsy.

This is an ongoing investigation, and police said more arrests are possible. 

Moultrie, Colquitt County’s county seat, is about 40 miles southeast of Albany and 200 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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