A preliminary autopsy performed Wednesday showed no signs of trauma on an infant that died at a Fort Mill birthing center.
York County Coroner Sabrina Gast wasn’t prepared Thursday to say what conclusions could be drawn about the baby’s cause of death until all reports are completed, but said there were no visible signs of injury. Her office is investigating the death of the newborn at Carolina Community Maternity Center in Fort Mill on Tuesday.
Full toxicology and pathology reports on the autopsy will not be completed for another six to eight weeks, she said.
The infant died at the center on Pleasant Road, just off Gold Hill Road. The child was taken to a hospital in Charlotte before the body was released to the York County coroner on Wednesday.
Law enforcement is not involved in a criminal investigation at this point, but the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating for any violations of its regulations and policies.
The maternity center was previously shut down in 2013 after another child was delivered stillborn after a visit to the center.
The center declined to release any specific information surrounding the latest death citing medical privacy concerns, but spokeswoman Hunter Kerrison said Carolina Community Maternity Center is part of the American Association of Birth Centers and accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.
“CCMC practices the Midwives Model of Care which includes monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle,” she said. “We are committed to all of our families and their right to privacy in regard to any health-related information. Our condolences are with the family.”
The name of the family of the child has not been released.