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Man attempted to revive infant niece
911 tape shows unsuccessful efforts to save 9-day-old child
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Haley Brook Clark

A Hall County 911 recording reveals a desperate, but unsuccessful, attempt to revive a 9-day-old child who, authorities allege, was killed by her teenage mother.

A male called 911 at 1:11 p.m. July 18, saying, “My niece, she couldn’t breathe and she’s turning yellow, and she’s not breathing and I have no heartbeat or anything.”

“She’s not breathing at all?” asked the operator.

“No, not at all, and there was blood coming out of her nose,” the caller said.

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

Her arrest stems from the incident in which Hall County emergency medical units and sheriff’s deputies were called to the 5200 block of Hopewell Lane.

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

In the 911 call, the operator asked the caller to try several procedures, including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions, to revive the child while help was on the way.

At one point, the operator asked, “Is there anything in her mouth?”

“My sister said that she threw up on her leg,” the caller said.

Emergency responders arrived about five minutes into the call. “They’re here,” the caller said.

“OK, I’m going to let them take over,” the operator said.

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

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

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.

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

 

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