North Augusta woman charged with killing her baby

By: Kate Kassay Email
By: Kate Kassay Email

March 18, 2008

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.---A North Augusta woman is charged in the death of her 4-month-old daughter.

North Augusta Public Safety says 24-year-old Adrienne Michelle Bush is charged with homicide by child abuse.

They say EMS was called to Bush's apartment Tuesday for an infant not breathing. When they arrived, the infant had no vital signs and had not been responsive for some time.

The Aiken County Coroner determined that the infant's cause of death was massive head trauma. Investigators charged Bush. She will be held at the Aiken County jail.


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  • by valencial Location: greenville on Apr 12, 2008 at 04:00 AM
    No matter how you look at this it is a tragedy. Anyone who is a mother knows that you could not possibly be in your right mind to harm your child. We can not judge this young lady. There is only one perfect person. GOD. He is the only one who can judge her. If GOD can forgive Moses for murder and have him lead his people out of bondage, If he can forgive David for having Uriah murdered and still call him a man after Gods own heart. He can forguve Adrienne. I feel that a psychiatric evaluation is in order, and if it is deemed that that she is suffering from a mental illness she should get the help she needs, because there is nothing that a court of law can do to her that will be worse than living with what has happened.
  • by Reality Location: Aiken on Mar 31, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    I have NEVER seen so many excuses in print or email about how she "really didn't mean it." This is truly a topsy-turvy world, when we have more sympathy for the killer than the victim, and somehow seek to place the blame on the victim! Is there something in the water from SRS or Plant Vogle that I don't know about that effects brain growth and development? I am sorry to the people trying to feel so big about saying "don't judge," but stuff like this you NEED to be judgmental about!
  • by perry Location: augusta on Mar 30, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    This woman is 24 years old. From what people are saying below that know her she has previous kids. Granted we don't know what she was going through nor do we know if it was post stress... however, the 4 month old couldn't have been the one with the stress... her other kids what were they doing? A lot of questions to be answered before judging but I will not accept the post stress due to her already having kids.. where's the father of these kids? Her parents? many people she can talk to.. heck you can sit behing a computer and just talk to someone. or 1800 help lines. I'm willing to bet drugs was involved but I don't like to be quick to judge. Accidents happen but neglect and abuse is not an accident. DFACS I hope your case worker for this one has some good documentation.
  • by C.C.S. Location: Aiken on Mar 27, 2008 at 01:42 AM
    I just want to say that Michelle is a friend of mine and she was going through difficult times. I KNOW she would not have done this in her right mind. Please stop judging her. Like Patrick H. said: No sin is any greater than another. God IS the only judge and His opinion is the only one that matters. He loves Michelle regardless of her sins and so do I. To Michelle: I will never judge you. I only want to be there for you. I can't imagine what you may be going through right now. I pray for you and both families. Just remember that God forgives your sin as soon as you repent and don't judge yourself based on sins that the Lord has already forgotten. Luv ya Tweety! Don't forget to write.
  • by Family Member Location: Aiken on Mar 20, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    Tiredness, problems sleeping, stronger emotional reactions, and changes in body weight may occur during pregnancy and after pregnancy. But these symptoms may also be signs of depression. You need to read this link about Postpartum Depression: http://www.4woman.gov/FAQ/postpartum.htm#1 This should explain it some more.
  • by Family Member Location: Aiken on Mar 20, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    What is depression? Depression can be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. But true clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for an extended time. Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe. The degree of depression, which your doctor can determine, influences how you are treated. How common is depression during and after pregnancy? Depression that occurs during pregnancy or within a year after delivery is called perinatal depression. The exact number of women with depression during this time is unknown. But researchers believe that depression is one of the most common complications during and after pregnancy. Often, the depression is not recognized or treated, because some normal pregnancy changes cause similar symptoms and are happening at the same time.
  • by Family Memeber Location: Aiken on Mar 20, 2008 at 11:10 AM
    If you knew her mental state before this happened, you wouldn't judge her. Yes, that is true what Doctor stated. Post partum can come at any time. It can possibly be a year or two from you having the child. She didn't mean to hurt her baby. For example, if you didn't work, you were tired down with your kids 24/7, no friends to really conversate with, what would you do. Yeah, it's no excuse, but post partum is an emotional and a depressing stage to go through. I went through it myself. I was use to working, having my own, and out among friends. I stayed home with my two kids for 3 to 4 yrs. I decided that I would get back into the working world. I never once thought about putting my hands on my kids, but I was in my right mind to know I needed to do something before I hurt myself. All I'm trying to say is, no her mental state before you judge. She may have had a mental problem & suffered with post partum as well. Thanks.
  • by Alisha Location: Hephzibah,Georgia on Mar 19, 2008 at 06:58 PM
    Hey you guys be nice and stop leaving these negative comments,I'm pretty sure she didn't mean to do this at all,I think she just snapped,so you guys just prey for her and may God bless you all
  • by JAY on Mar 19, 2008 at 02:31 PM
    PATRICK I AGREE WITH YOU, PEOPLE ON HERE SAYING SHE NEEDS TO HUNG OR KILLED, I'M PRETTY SURE NO ONE IS INNOCENT INCLUDING ME, SO DO NOT JUDGE HER TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR OWN LIVES!
  • by JAY Location: GA on Mar 19, 2008 at 02:14 PM
    FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO SAY MY HEART GOES OUT TO MY COUSIN, EVERYONE WHO IS SAYING "BEAT HER HEAD, ETC,ETC" REALLY THAT IS NOT CALLED FOR, SHE DOES NOT HAVE MENTAL PROBLEMS, POST PARDUM PROBABLY DID PLAY A FACTOR IN WHAT HAPPENED, YES I THINK THIS IS AN EXTREMELY SAD SITUATION, I DO ALSO WISH I COULD HAVE HELPED, THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO IS PRAY FOR HER AND MY FAM, I AM NOT EXCUSING WHAT SHE DID BUT LET'S NOT JUDGE HER LET'S JUST PRAY FOR HER.
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