Mother con­victed of ’07 murder of in­fant daugh­ter

The Covington News - - Local News - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

Five years af­ter her 5-week-old Malay Yvette Chan­dler died, her mother Quanitta Yvette Turner has been con­victed of mur­der­ing the new­born.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the baby’s death, Turner told in­ves­ti­ga­tors with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice that she had ac­ci­den­tally rolled over on the baby while sleep­ing, but when the child started to cry, she woke up.

She told them the child was fine when she went back to sleep, mid-Novem­ber of 2007. The child was un­con­scious when emer­gency per­son­nel first ar­rived at the home, but died en route to the hospi­tal.

The med­i­cal ex­am­iner could not de­ter­mine the cause of the in­fant’s death. But in 2010, in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­cided to take a sec­ond look at the death. They went and in­ter­viewed Turner at her home in De­catur and dur­ing that time, she re­port­edly told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that she had been suf­fer­ing from post­par­tum de­pres­sion and ad­mit­ted to killing her daugh­ter.

“She said the baby was cry­ing and cry­ing and wouldn’t stop,” said NCSO Lt. Ty­rone Oliver. “She said that she got mad and things got car­ried away.”

A jury con­victed Turner around 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day of felony murder, ag­gra­vated as­sault and first de­gree cru­elty to chil­dren. She was ac­quit­ted of the mal­ice murder charge.

Chief Su­pe­rior Court Judge John Ott or­dered a pre-sen­tence in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the case. Turner is expected to be sen­tenced in the next few weeks, ac­cord­ing to As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Me­lanie Bell.

“It was a tough and emo­tional case for ev­ery­one,” said Bell. “Lt. Ty­rone Oliver and In­ves­ti­ga­tor Shar­ron Ste­wart did a great job of work­ing with our Coro­ner Tommy Davis and the med­i­cal ex­am­iner Dr. Eisen­stat to reach the truth about what hap­pened to Malay. We wanted to give Malay a voice in the court­room, and we were glad to see jus­tice done in this case.”

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