Spotsylvania mother charged with murder in death of 3-month-old

Posted at 1:28 PM, Jun 24, 2019

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. -- A mother has been charged with murder after the death of her 3-month-old child.

On March 17,  emergency personnel responded to an address in Cambridge Subdivision of Spotsylvania County for an unresponsive 3-month old child.

The child was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

The child’s mother, Stephanie Hadeed, 25, was the caretaker of the infant at the time of death.

Stephanie Hadeed

Court documents reveal Hadeed's initial report to investigators and what the medical examiner found during an autopsy didn't add up.

The medical examiner determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death was homicide.

Following the autopsy of the infant, the medical examiner indicated five separate diagnoses; Subdural hemorrhage of the cerebrum brainstem, and cerebellum, subarachnoid hemorrhage of the cerebrum, brainstem, cerebellum, and spinal cord, intraventricular hemorrhage, multifocal, Bilateral optic nerve hemorrhage and subgaleal contusions.

After a lengthy investigation, a warrant for murder was obtained against Stephanie Hadeed, who turned herself in on June 22 and is currently being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.



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