According to officials, the mother, Cassandra Elyse Norwood, delivered the baby in secret and without any assistance in the Athens home where she lived with her parents and other relatives.
Norwood was taken to a hospital to be treated for delivery-related blood loss where she remained under guard before being transported to Clarke County Jail Friday morning.
Athens-Clarke police told the Athens Banner-Herald the 21-year-old was alone in one part of the house on Great Oak Drive when she gave birth Thursday afternoon.
At around 1pm, police received a 911 call from someone who had found the baby’s lifeless body inside the residence in the Waverly Woods subdivision.
First responders who arrived on the scene discovered the slain infant. Shortly after, Norwood was taken into custody and charged with murder before being sent to Athens Regional Medical Center.
Police would not speculate about the motive behind the deadly stabbing, only saying that Norwood did not require psychiatric care while at the hospital. Norwood’s Facebook page says the 21-year-old, who has three siblings, graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 2009. She also listed marketing at Athens Technical College under the education classification.