The death of a baby boy has now been classified as murder. Police said the infant lived for less than two hours.
Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department’s Youth Services Division were leading the investigation.
According to reports, a 21-year-old mother gave birth to the baby at 24 weeks at a local hospital in March.
The Medical Examiner said the baby did not survive because of blunt force trauma to his head. The boy was not given a name.
According to an investigation, the mother allegedly hit herself in the abdominal area with a closed fist. Authorities said they believe she did that to terminate her pregnancy.
The mother also reportedly allowed a young relative to sit on her stomach.
No charges had been placed yet in the case as the investigation remained ongoing.