Starkville woman indicted after being accused of killing own newborn baby

An Oktibbeha County woman was indicted for second-degree murder almost a year after the death of her newborn baby.

Posted: Feb. 1, 2018 4:00 PM
Updated: Feb. 2, 2018 2:06 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - An Oktibbeha County woman was indicted for second-degree murder almost a year after the death of her newborn baby.

32-year-old Latice Fisher was indicted by an Oktibbeha County grand jury Wednesday.

“A mother should love her baby to death and for her to hurt that child she needs to go to jail,” Starkville Resident Marcella King said.

Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt tells The Starkville Daily News the baby was delivered at home, then transported to OCH Regional Medical Center in cardiac arrest, before being pronounced dead. 

Hunt says the body was sent off for autopsy and no cause of death has been released at this time.

Officials will not release what exactly happened.

The Starkville Police Department told WTVA this case is a personnel matter and the department is not allowed to comment.

The Oktibbeha County Sheriffs Office said its involvement was to only serve the indictment.

City records show Fisher worked as a dispatcher last year.

"I cant imagine someone would do that, not even giving a kid a chance to live," Starkville Resident James Triplet said.

Although most residents WTVA spoke with said there is no excuse for something like this to happen, some say there could be a lot more to the story.

“You never know a certain persons situation so you can’t judge like that,” Resident Laquavis Carter said. “Let God do the judging.”

Fishers bond was set at $100,000.

She is expected to appear back in court in April.

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