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June 1, 2012

Mother arrested for infant’s death

Live Oak — A Hamilton County woman was arrested Thursday in Suwannee County for aggravated manslaughter on a child and neglect of a child, according to the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office.

Morgan Anna Eilts, 19, 7962 SE 125th St., Jasper, was arrested as a result of the events occurring in Suwannee County during 2010, which caused the death of the infant child.

According to the SCSO, Eilts admitted to sitting the infant down on a coffee table, bumping its head on the table accidentally too rough. The victim told authorities that she was frustrated and irritable during the month of September 2010.

Eilts told authorities that on one occasion she pulled the three-month-old victim up by her legs, leaned them into her chest and jerked them down. Another time, while frustrated with her husband, Eilts admitted to grabbing the crying victim’s arm, squeezing it and bending it. Eilts said that she heard a cracking noise where she had her hand, reports show.

During the investigation, Eilts also demonstrated how she had shaken the infant back and forth, holding the baby’s shoulders close to the throat.

Records show that Eilts also admitted to holding the infant up in the palms of her hand while in the tub, when the baby accidentally slipped from Eilts’ hands and hit her head pretty hard on the bottom of the tub.

According to the SCSO, these events occurred between Sept. 1, 2010 and Oct. 15, 2010. The three-month-old infant died on Oct. 20, 2010, authorities say.

After a lengthy investigation that included gathering medical evidence, Eilts was arrested on Thursday, May 31, according to records form the SCSO.

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