CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — A Chatham County mother has been arrested and charged with the murder of her infant child, according to police.
Chatham County police responded to a home in the 100 block of Quacco Road late Thursday night and found a deceased infant. The baby’s mother was also at the residence.
On Friday, we spoke with Danny Taylor, the uncle of the baby who is named Randy Taylor Jr. He says he was the first to call the police when he found baby Randy unresponsive in his mother’s arms last night.
“I saw him standing over her .. a dead baby – she was holding a dead baby,” Taylor said.
Baby Randy William Taylor Junior died Thursday night in the arms of his mother, Jennifer Cooper, according to Danny Taylor.
Chatham County Police charged 33-year-old Cooper with the murder of her baby.
Danny told us he lives in this trailer home off Quacco Road with Jennifer and his brother Randy Taylor Senior, the baby’s father, told News 3 how much he loved baby Randy.
He said, “I loved him a lot, I stayed in my room most of the time but I love him a lot. Every time I’ve seen him, he’s filled with joy.”
Danny said he came out of his bedroom at around 10:40 p.m. Thursday night and saw Jennifer holding an unresponsive baby Randy on the couch.
“I was in my bedroom watching TV. I Heard the commotion outside with my brother and her hollering,” Taylor said. “I walked out here and he was passed away… anyways, they were arguing about it, well not arguing, just hollering at each other that he’s dead.”
That’s when Danny said he called the authorities. And, shortly after, saw Randy Sr. leaving the home.
“My brother stormed back to the bathroom, he stormed back out of the bathroom and, got on his motorcycle and all, and left. I thought he was gonna kill himself,” Taylor explained.
Danny says his brother was a good father who loved baby Randy.
“He’s a good father…he loved his kids a lot.”
“I mean I assume she loved him,” he answered.
Danny Taylor also told me he saw his brother, 44-year-old Randy Taylor Sr. leaving the home after calling the police.
While police say he is not a suspect, detectives are trying to locate him for more information.
After investigating, officers charged 33-year-old Jennifer Cooper with murder, possession of a controlled substance, and drug-related objects.
Police say an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death of the infant.
Cooper was arraigned on Friday. Her next court appearance is a preliminary hearing scheduled on Oct. 5.
Cooper is being held in the Chatham County Detention Center.