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Gainesville woman charged with murdering infant daughter
Haley Brook Clark
Haley Brook Clark

A South Hall teenager has been charged with murder in the death of her 9-day-old daughter, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s investigators arrested Haley Brook Clark, 17, without incident at the sheriff’s office on Monday and booked her at the Hall County Jail, where she is being held without bond.

Her arrest stems 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 regarding a report of an infant who had stopped breathing. The call came just after 1 p.m.

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

“Further details regarding the incident cannot be released at this time,” according to a statement issued Wednesday by the sheriff’s office.

“We cannot release the cause of death at this time, pending receipt of the full medical examiner’s report,” said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, sheriff’s office spokesman.

Hall County uses the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office for its homicide cases, he said.

Marion Merck, Hall County’s coroner, confirmed that an autopsy was performed and officials are “waiting on some more results.”

Wilbanks did say that, at the time of her arrest, Clark lived at home with her father and brother, and that the “baby’s father is apparently not in the picture at all.”

Clark is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 in Hall Magistrate Court, he said.

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