Jury: Death of baby at birthing center a homicide

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast

YORK, S.C. — A York County coroner’s jury has ruled the death of a newborn baby at a Fort Mill birthing center last January was a homicide.

Local media outlets report the jury ruled Thursday in the death of Daxton Lee Green, who died at the Carolina Community Maternity Center.

Dr. Craig Hart of York Pathology Associates testified the cause of death was from what is called meconium aspiration in which the stool of the infant was in the uterus and in the baby’s stomach and airway.

Midwives who testified said they used a bulb syringe to try to suction the baby’s mouth.

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast says the finding of homicide means the jury decided there was someone responsible for the death. But she doesn’t foresee any criminal action.