I hope this will become the route-of-choice by baby beaters everywhere.
A woman who sheriff’s officials planned to charge in the death of a Gainesville infant was found dead Thursday.
On Sunday, 7-week-old Chance Anthony Chapman was staying with his grandfather and his grandfather's girlfriend, 33-year-old Sue Ann Neidig, while his mother was at work.
"It's our understanding that was the first time the grandfather had babysat for the child," Hall County Sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Strickland said.
Neidig and two other children - the baby's sibling and Neidig's child - were also in the house at the time, but she did have an occasion to be alone with the baby, said Strickland.
Just before lunch Chance was discovered unresponsive and 911 was called. Efforts by responding emergency workers to resuscitate the baby were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital soon after. An autopsy was performed and it was determined that the infant died of trauma to the brain.
Neidig earlier had been questioned by authorities in connection with the death and they tried to make contact Tuesday and Wednesday but were unable to locate her. They were preparing to apply for murder warrants against Neidig at the time she was found dead.
"We suspect she caused the injury that caused the child’s death," Strickland said. He said no one else is suspected in the baby’s death.
She was discovered dead on Thursday afternoon at the home of friends where she had spent the night.
While not saying the woman’s death was suicide, officials said foul play is not suspected in her death. The cause of her death is being withheld pending an autopsy and toxicology tests.
Neidig's child was taken from the home and put into the protective custody shortly after the infant’s death. The boy is now staying with relatives.