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Woman charged after baby falls during fight, later dies, speaks out on mother’s behalf

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 17:22:19-04

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WALB) — A Moultrie mother is denied bond after allegedly dropping her baby on the ground during a fight with another woman, and now her friend is speaking out.

Carneata Clark was also charged and says the baby's death is not his mother's fault.

“She strong though, she real strong. Karen real strong,” said Clark.

Emotions took over Clark as she tried to process a situation that ended with a close friend in jail and a 3-month-old dead.

Harrison was arrested Saturday, July 20, a day after a violent fight broke out in the parking lot of Thomas Beauty II store in Moultrie. Police said Harrison dropped her baby boy on the pavement during the argument.

Clarks said there’s so much more to the story.

“People on the outside looking in, they don’t even know the whole story, you feel me, I feel like, free Karen, all the way,” said Clark.

On Monday, A judge denied bond for Harrison who is facing charges of felony murder, cruelty to children, and affray.

Clark didn’t walk away away unscathed. She’s being charged with providing a false statement and obstruction.

She was released on $5,000 bond. Now that Clark is out, she's demanding justice for Harrison and her family.

“If y’all know Karen, she takes care of her kids, y’all know how she feel about her kids, y’all know what she’ll do for her kids, y’all know that she is not no bad person,” said Clark.

WALB reached out to District Attorney Brad Shealy to find out the reasoning behind the felony murder charge.

“Preliminary information indicates that the baby died as a result of medical attention not being sought and based upon that, the warrant was issued for felony murder,” said Shealy.

But the biggest question the community has been asking is why wasn’t the other woman involved in the fight charged. Shealy said more charges could follow.

“No charges at this time, doesn’t mean some couldn’t come out in the future, based upon the evidence,” said Shealy.

Harrison's next court date is October 7.