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Mother's boyfriend charged in infant's death: Today in the Tennessee news roundup

March 24th, 2014 6:15 am by Associated Press

Mother's boyfriend charged in infant's death: Today in the Tennessee news roundup

Man shot by officers led pursuit through Nashville

NASHVILLE — Nashville Police say a man fatally shot by officers had carjacked a woman and led police on an hour-long pursuit through the city.

Police said they fired on 51-year-old Aaron Dino Smith Jr. after he pointed a gun at officers outside a strip mall on Friday evening.

The Tennessean reports the chase began after Smith allegedly threatened a detective who was questioning him about a burglary at a motorcycle shop. Police say he fled and used a gun to threaten a motorist, forcing her out of her car, and then tried to run over the detective.

Police used the woman's cell phone to track the car, and Smith left it in a parking garage where officers found him outside a strip mall. They say Smith had two guns, and pointed one at the officers.


Boyfriend charged in infant's death

COLUMBIA — A Maury County man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend's 8-month-old daughter.

Columbia Police say the charges against 25-year-old Michael Bonee were upgraded to murder after the infant, Sandra Cates, died of injuries.

WTVF-TV in Nashville reports Bonee was first arrested earlier this week at the home where he was living and charged with aggravated child abuse. Police were told there was an unconscious infant at the home.

The child was rushed to a local hospital and later transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she was treated for a severe head injury. The infant died on Thursday.

Bonee is currently being held in the Maury County Jail without bond.


Hospitals try to avoid elective deliveries

CHATTANOOGA — Tennessee hospitals have seen a dramatic decrease in elective baby deliveries over the last two years.

Hospitals now have a target rate of five percent of those deliveries, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. Just a couple of years ago, some had rates of more than 40 percent.

Bridget Hayes, who is director of labor and delivery services at Parkridge East Hospital in Chattanooga, said attitudes about deliveries are changing.

"In the '90s it become all about convenience and schedules," Hayes said. "Patients started becoming more empowered in their care, and pushing doctors to induce on a date that worked best."

But those days are diminishing quickly as a growing amount of research shows that elective procedures can be risky to mother and child.

Chris Clarke, senior vice president for the Tennessee Hospital Association, said almost 16 percent of babies born earlier than 39 weeks of gestation were considered elective in May 2012. Now, that number is below 5 percent.


Crash kills Jackson high school band director

JACKSON — The band director at a high school in Jackson suffered fatal injuries in a crash with a school bus.

Police said Michael Congiardo's car ran a red light and hit the bus Friday afternoon. He was leaving a school function at Madison Academic Magnet High School, where he is the band director.

A man who saw Congiardo before the crash said the car also hit a fence, The Jackson Sun reported.

"I asked him if he was all right," said Dr. Keith Taylor, a Jackson physician. "He told me he was, and then he shot down the street and ran a red light."

School system spokeswoman Ginger Carver said in an e-mail that Congiardo's car hit Bus 28 at an intersection at around 4 p.m., after the car went through a red light.

Congiardo was taken to the hospital by ambulance, after emergency workers cut the car open to get him out.

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