Jessica Ross and Treveon Isaiah Taylor Sr., of Clayton County said in their suit their infant suffered a sudden and rare condition known as shoulder dystocia — a life-threatening delivery complication in which one or both of the baby’s shoulders become locked in the mother’s pelvis, preventing it from descending further in the birth canal.
The original complaint, filed by the parents in August 2023 in state court in Clayton County, seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.
According to the lawsuit and their attorneys, Ross, a hair stylist, and Taylor, who works in hospitality, were preparing to become first-time parents to the boy they had already named Treveon Isaiah Taylor, Jr.
The parents later hired a private pathologist, Atlanta physician Dr. Jackson L. Gates, to perform a post-mortem examination of the infant’s body. They filed a second lawsuit against Gates, who they say posted graphic video images of their infant son on his Instagram account.
The parents say in their lawsuit that they never gave Gates permission to video-record the postmortem examination and that Gates’ posting caused them “feelings of shock, anger, humiliation and outrage,” and that they “endured mental and emotional pain and suffering.”
Jessica Ross and her boyfriend Treveon Isaiah Taylor Sr. earlier filed a lawsuit against Dr. Jackson Gates, accusing him of taking $2,500 to perform an autopsy on their deceased child and leaking the graphic photos to Instagram. Reporters claim the media included a full-face picture of the baby and videos of the boy’s organs.
The couple is expected to make a statement at a news conference in Atlanta, on Wednesday morning.
We will bring more information as this story develops.