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Teen pleads not guilty in death of daughter

POSTED: December 7, 2012 12:43 a.m.

A Hall County teenager charged with killing her newborn daughter pleaded not guilty to all charges at an arraignment Thursday in Hall County Court.

Bond was set at $49,000.

Haley Brook Clark, represented by her attorney in court, was indicted on charges of malice murder, cruelty to a child in the first degree and felony murder for the July 18 death of her 9-day-old daughter.

Superior Court Judge C. Andrew Fuller set the trial for Sept. 9.

Her charges stem from a July 18 incident in which Hall County emergency medical units and sheriff’s deputies were called to the 5200 block of Hopewell Lane.

According to investigators, Clark’s younger brother called to report that his niece was not breathing.

The child, Olivia Clark, was taken to Gainesville’s Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead later that day.

According to Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jason Egerton, during a second interview with investigators in September, Clark said she suffocated her daughter. Not long afterward, he said, Clark admitted the same to her father and her mother.

A crime lab report on the case is still pending, according to prosecutors, and generally can take a considerable amount of time to complete.

At the arraignment, Clark’s attorney, Brett Willis from the Hall County Public Defender’s Office, said he did not yet have a full copy of the police report and would need it to prepare for trial.

The prosecution said the full investigative report would be available by Dec. 31.

 


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