4 Month-Old Infant From Tennessee Passed Away After Given 7 Vaccines

Parents in Memphis, Tennessee, are mourning the loss of their baby girl Ja’Liyah Cortize Turner, after she passed away in her sleep, less than four days after receiving seven vaccines. Her mother Quavia felt pressured into getting her daughter further vaccinated, even though she didn’t want to, because her daughter had a bad reaction from the round of vaccines given to her earlier.

Ja’Liyah’s autopsy report did not mention the vaccines even though she still had the knots on her legs at the injection sites. Her cause of death was ruled “Unknown, Undetermined.” The autopsy stated Ja’Liyah had no significant medical history contributing to her death. Yet, it is very significant Ja’Liyah had just received seven vaccines four days earlier.

Tennessee is ranked third in the nation for having the highest infant mortality rate in the United States. [1] The CDC and vaccine manufacturers admit life-threatening allergic reactions and death can be the outcome of receiving any vaccine. [2] When children are given multiple vaccines during each pediatric visit, like Ja’Liyah was, this can increase their chance of suffering a lethal reaction caused by overstimulation of their undeveloped immune system. [3]

A person’s chance of suffering an adverse vaccine reaction is greater if they carry certain genes that make them more susceptible to vaccine injuries or if they have any underlying illnesses at the time of vaccination. [4]

African-American and some Native American Indian infants suffer from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) at rates two to three times more than other babies. [5] Ja’Liyah was born from African-American and Native American descent. This ethnic background suggests she had a higher probability of carrying a specific gene associated with an increased risk of injury if she were vaccinated. Her parents were not informed of this information.

Susceptible groups occur in all populations. Genetic screening prior to these pediatric visits when numerous vaccines are given should be a top priority. Rather than fund studies to help screen these children before they are vaccinated on schedule, the CDC helped halt efforts to fund more studies to identify these individuals at risk. [6]

The former head of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Dr. Bernadine Healy, stated her concerns about limiting this research because the need to protect children is great, by identifying if they are more vulnerable to vaccine injuries. [7]

Ja’Liyah’s life was taken too soon. Quavia shares with us what life has been like for her family since losing their daughter. She seeks closure to this chapter in her life and wants to inform others about the awful truth that vaccine injuries are being covered up by health officials, to make the vaccines appear safer than they really are.

“We Thought We Were Protecting Her”

Quavia shares what happened to her family:

“When my daughter Ja’Liyah was born on November 29, 2013, she weighed 5 pounds and 6 ounces. She was given the Hep B vaccine soon after birth. I have that on video and it makes me cringe when I see that now.

At her two month check-up, she was given 8 vaccines. They were DTaP, Polio, Hib, Hep B, PCV and the oral Rotavirus vaccine. That was on January 29, 2014. After that appointment, she had a high fever, treated without pain meds because she was too young for that. And she had knots in her legs where they injected her, which I put warm towels on.

I took her to the emergency room and no one led me to believe what these symptoms represented, that any further vaccines could cause worse harm. I was told these were normal reactions and not to worry.

A month and a half later when Ja’Liyah was 3 ½ months old, my milk dried up. I was really upset but had to stop nursing her because of this. We switched her to drinking baby formula.

Then, as unaware as I was, because I listened to the doctor, she was given 7 vaccines at her four month checkup on Monday, April 14, 2014. She was given DTaP, Polio, Hib, PCV and the oral Rotavirus vaccine.”

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“After the doctor’s visit, she was fussy afterwards. She suffered the same reactions as last time. I took her to the emergency room that same night after her shots, because she started running a high fever. They said it was normal and sent us home.

She was not given anything at the hospital and I didn’t give her any pain medication because again, she was too young. Her fever eventually broke.

I was putting warm towels on her legs where they injected her. I kept the bandages on her legs so I would know exactly where to put the warm towels, even though the knots were still present.

A couple days later, she seemed to be doing fine, being her normal self, but she still had the knots from the shots on her legs.

Three days after the vaccines were given to her, on Thursday night, I cooked dinner, we all ate and then played. We were up late, like we normally are. We adapted to Ja’Liyah’s sleeping habits, instead of forcing her to sleep during normal times. At the time, her older brother Duke was 5. He hadn’t started school yet because his birthday is later in the year, so he wasn’t set to start school until August. So it was no bother for him to be up late too.

At about 3 A.M. the kids were up playing. I was like, are you going to go to sleep little girl, she just giggled like she normally did. I was holding her up while she was jumping, like my mom taught her to.

I changed and fed her and put her in bed, she fell asleep. Her brother fell asleep in the same room. We usually co-slept but were trying to teach the kids to sleep in their own beds.

Friday morning at around 7 A.M., I went in there to feed and change her. She took her bottle I brought to her and she smiled. After I finished feeding her, I laid her in the bed next to her brother and she went back to sleep. They were used to sleeping next to each other. Even during the day, she would hardly leave her brother alone if he wasn’t paying attention to her.

That was the last time I saw my love alive …

A little while later, I got up, went in the room and looked in at them, both kids were still soundly sleeping, so I decided I would continue to clean, wash, and pack. We were getting ready to move on Monday, to a bigger place for our growing family. We’d already put the deposit down and had mostly packed up the house.

My son woke up. I checked my phone, called my dad, went to the bathroom, and called my mom.

After that, around 10:22 A.M., I went back in the room and was messing with Ja’Liyah, thinking she would be awake by now. Normally, when I pounce on the bed, she would move, but she didn’t this time.

I rubbed her head and she didn’t embrace my touch. I just stared at her because something didn’t look or feel right to me. I was looking for the stomach going up and down, I saw nothing. I remember just screaming, My Baby Gone, She Gone …

I remember my son Duke screaming. I remember their dad Jarvis coming in, grabbing her, and trying to do CPR. I remember me trying to clean her mouth and nose.

She wasn’t facing me, she was facing the wall. She had what looked like a mixture of thick fluids and a small amount of blood coming from her mouth and nose and even her ears she had stuff coming out of them. I was wiping her while my husband was holding her and doing CPR. We were trying to clean her but it just kept coming out. Both my husband and my shirts were stained.

I called 911. It seemed they took forever to arrive.

When the emergency responders came, they laid my baby on the ground and I flipped out. I remember my dad pulling up. I remember the look on my son’s face and the look on my husband’s face when they told us we could not go with her to the hospital.

She was to ride alone to the hospital, they told us no one was allowed to ride with her.

We sat around waiting. I remember telling Jarvis, baby I gotta go, tell them take whatever they need from me to keep her live, get it from me, she can have whatever from me, and you give her the blood from me. I remember him saying “please no”…

My aunt went to the hospital but they would not let her back there with Ja’Liyah. They said my aunt could go to the hospital, to be with her, which made us think that Ja’Liyah was alive. Only for someone to come tell us, that she didn’t make it. We were so furious.

I remember Jarvis punching bricks off the wall, before I fainted.

My daughter received her 4 month shots on Monday April 14, 2014 and she was gone by early Friday morning April 18, 2014. I honestly didn’t know what caused her death when it happened.

I was not investigated, because it was ruled no foul play. They did however assign a DCFS worker to my family, to make sure we were okay and coping, and to make sure my son was doing okay. Their approach was not all good because when they first called me, the worker asked if my child is safe, referring to my son. As if to say we had something to do with Ja’Liyah’s death and they were looking to place blame and were asking if our son was harmed too.

I wouldn’t tolerate that. I had nothing taken from me, they came and took pictures and asked questions, but that’s about it. Everyone, even people that do not know us, know we are excellent parents to the kids. So they never questioned us like that.

The day after she passed, she had the autopsy done on Saturday morning, April 19, 2014.

I got to see Ja’Liyah on Monday, April 21, 2014, after the funeral home got her and cleaned her body. I asked the Funeral director to see her, I needed to see her, It broke me down to see her like that, they had cotton balls in her nose, and she was darkening.

The medical examiner said my daughter was perfect and he couldn’t find anything, even though she still had the knots on her legs at the injections sites.

Her cause of death was ruled as Unknown, Undetermined. Vaccines she was just given were not mentioned on the autopsy report, her recent emergency room visit was not listed on the report, and her reactions to the vaccines were not listed on the report. Yet Ja’Liyah’s report stated there was no known significant medical history. All of this information was significant but intentionally ignored.”

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“When I spoke with the medical examiner, he walked me thru the entire report. I called down there, and he returned my call. It was hard, because I was crying, and my mind and heart and soul was shattered and in a million places. I was overloaded and completely stressed out.

He explained to me that SIDS is a cover up, like a pacifier to the situation for what is not known. It’s as if she just left, like she just slept off. He said she falls in the SIDS category but SIDS doesn’t exist, it’s just something they tell parents to soothe what they do not know. So her cause of death didn’t read SIDS on the report, it read unknown, undetermined.

I was thinking that she suffocated and choked from what was coming out of her mouth and nose when I found her unresponsive, although she also had the fluid coming out of her ears too.

I was told she did not hurt, did not suffer, she simply just left. There was no internal or external trauma, which made me mad, because it doesn’t tell me anything. He said the fluid and blood coming from her mouth, nose and ears is what happens when the body has shut down.

I asked the medical examiner if he sees a lot of babies, he said that he does see a lot of them, but my daughter was perfect.

Even the funeral home said she was perfect and that she looked like a doll in a box.

One of the funeral directors just came in, rubbed her hair and cried, then had to walk out.

He said he looked at her and knew before touching to examine her, that she was healthy and taken care of. The examination confirmed what he already thought. He said it had been a while since he had seen such a perfect infant.

I kept researching and researching and finally found it. I learned why her shots were not brought up in her autopsy report. I learned it is common for vaccines to be avoided and not reported as the cause of death even though so many babies are dying after getting vaccinated. There are so many parents speaking up telling their story, which is also our story.

Her report read she had no significant medical history. How could that be true when she was just given 7 vaccines? One would think that information is very significant that Ja’Liyah just received 7 vaccines four days earlier.

Looking at the risks to each vaccine Ja’Liyah received, SIDS, death, allergic reactions or anaphylactic shock is listed on each one of these package inserts, along with a long list of other side effects and adverse reactions. Yet the vaccines were not even considered.

He did mention in the report that there was a bandage present on her left thigh, the other one must’ve fallen off before he examined her. And it was noted she had an osteoport on her left leg, which I think is the term used to describe the knot left from the injection.

I felt like it was my fault. After her reactions at two months old, I didn’t want her to get anymore vaccines, period. I felt bullied into it. I questioned the shots because of her previous reactions to them and they were like nothing will happen. I have a friend that does not vaccinate, she told me not to. And my mom is a naturalist, so she was saying not to as well, and to research before, but I didn’t listen.

I thought I was doing the right thing. Where we live in Tennessee, if you don’t vaccinate, they try to deem you unfit. You are made to feel you have no choice what vaccines your child gets and when they get them. They will say you are unfit and try to take your kid away if you decline them. I now know what I can do to get around this.

I truly felt horrible, I felt I went against my better judgement and trusted the doctors over my instincts as a mother.

At one time, I was unsure if I would file a vaccine injury claim. I have been battling with this whole thing. I know I have a proper and valid claim, but I know the money will not bring her back. It will not heal my broken heart or soul. It will not help the hurt I feel. It’s not about the money, it’s not about making somebody pay for what they did, it’s about my baby.

It’s about the fact that my baby did not make it to see her first birthday because of this and it was swept under the rug because we are taught that vaccinations are a way of life and we are supposed to get them.

It’s about people understanding that we have been fed lies. It’s about protecting our babies from being lab rats. It’s about understanding before it happens to your child. It’s about breaking the 1 in 4 statistic. I had nooooo clue about nothing. I thought I was doing the right thing, until that day we lost her.

My reality is each day is a struggle. This is my life now. When I am at her feet, visiting her grave, all I could think about is the fact that she is supposed to be here, and not in the ground. I would do anything just to jump and play with her one more time. Life is not fair. No mother should have to celebrate their baby girl’s first birthday without her being here.

I know she is not alone. There are so many babies up there that this has happened to. One of the reasons I chose not to file the lawsuit is because once we file and win, you are expected to remain silenced. No more fighting. No more talk about what happened to your baby; you cannot disclose details or the amount. This is what I was led to believe after talking to a vaccine injury lawyer.

I woke up to a lifeless baby girl, and a life, heart, and soul forever shattered, forever broken. If they tell me that, if I file, she will be back home and this will all be a dream, I will file right then and there.

Filing a vaccine injury claim to me, I feel it’s an unnecessary headache, its hush money and I have never been the quiet type. How could any parent remain silent about how their baby was murdered by these drugs pushed onto them, despite what the cause of death was reported as. It is clear vaccines are harmful, it is clear what’s in them is hurting our children.

When this first happened, I was so in the dark. I just wanted to go be with my baby, she needed me. I didn’t have anyone who understood what happened, to help our family get answers. I had to find the strength to learn what really happened since the truth was denied to us. It was a struggle reaching out but I knew I couldn’t give up.

When I came forward, it was really hard to answer questions, the details, to look at Ja’Liyah’s shot record, to re-live the worst moments of my life. Since this experience, I have met soooooo many other parents that are on the same path. We help each other and know our babies did not die for nothing.

Now, it’s like Ja’Liyah is telling me, mama, help them, I am good, I am ok. Help them. And I am able to help them through some of this pain. I am able to hold them up and help walk them through this. To let them know they are not alone and neither is their child. That’s payment enough.

I really don’t care what people say anymore. Telling my daughter’s story in its rawest form is me closing this chapter. This is it. I am in my last stages of the grief process. I understand things more clearly now. I accept things for how they are. Getting her headstone placed helped make things final.

It hurts so much that she never got to do anything growing children do. She never even got her first teeth in or was able to take her first steps. She would scoot on the floor till she reached her brother playing video games and was able to bother him till she got his attention. They loved each other so much and were so close. This has been really hard on him. He asks us when he can have another brother or sister.

My son just misses her, he doesn’t understand why other kids have their sister and his is gone and in the ground. Duke is now 6 years old. He was such a loving big brother to her and he misses his baby sister so much. He is healing in his own way. He says she is gone to heaven and he will see her later.

I would like to say to other parents, protect your children from vaccines. You are the person that keeps your children safe, you are their voice. These people don’t care if you lose your baby to vaccines or if they get hurt by them, your baby will be just another case study for them. I have to many what ifs. If only I knew then, what I do now, she would still be here. Now, I share a beautiful picture of Ja’Liyah, she lit up the room with her smile.”

Ja’Liyah’s Pediatrician Admits Several Babies Die In Her Practice Each Year

Quavia had always taken both of her children to the same pediatrician. Her six year-old son Duke received the vaccines on the schedule, up until what happened to his baby sister Ja’Liyah. Duke’s medical history shows he suffered from health problems that are listed as risks on the vaccine package inserts but the connection was not made.

If trusted medical professionals like this pediatrician had informed Quavia that her son’s health problems could likely be associated with the vaccines, as described on the package inserts, she would’ve stopped vaccinating him and she would not have vaccinated her daughter Ja’Liyah, thus saving her life.

Medical professionals need to question what they are taught in medical school. When the material provided is funded from large pharmaceutical companies that have a vested interest for these students to sell their products, further research outside of what is taught in school must be done, if they want to learn the truth.

The truth about vaccine dangers is not being disclosed and pediatricians giving these vaccines, not having done further research, will continue to vaccinate under the guise that these drugs they are injecting and giving orally to their patients will rarely harm them. Vaccine injuries are not rare.

Quavia does not blame the pediatrician for not knowing vaccines can cause such harm.

Ja’Liyah’s pediatrician neither confirmed nor denied the vaccines were the cause of Ja’Liyah’s death. Once told what happened, the pediatrician was in disbelief that the very same child she vaccinated days earlier was no longer alive. She felt sympathetic and said she didn’t know the vaccines could do that.

This has not stopped the doctor from further vaccinating children but has brought upon her a better understanding and has helped her respect a parent’s choice to vaccinate or not. The doctor also admitted she loses at least three infants to SIDS each year, who were once patients in her practice and she never thought this would happen to Ja’Liyah.

Quavia and her husband will never vaccinate their son or future children, after losing their daughter to vaccines. Just because health officials cover up these deaths and avoid any mention of the vaccines on the autopsy report, the most plausible cause of Ja’Liyah’s death, is the vaccines.

Parents Don’t Expect To Plan Their Child’s Funeral After Getting Them Vaccinated

Making baby Ja’Liyah’s funeral arrangements was heartbreaking, difficult and costly. Quavia shares with us a breakdown of costs, to help give insight to further struggles these families face, totaling more than $3100, associated with planning their daughter’s funeral, just days after she was given seven vaccines.

The initial payment to transport Ja’Liyah’s remains from the Medical Examiner’s office to the funeral home was $200.00. The funeral (service, hearse car to take her to the cemetery, casket, vault, makeup and preparation of her remains, family car, use of the facility and obituary) was $695.00. The embalmment service was $200.00. The cemetery plot was $195.00. Her outfit, which included her shoes, dress, bow, socks and jewelry was $40.00. The balloons were $48.00. And Ja’Liyah’s headstone, which her parents paid for in full, was $1795.00.

At the time of Ja’Liyah’s passing, Quavia and Jarvis were planning their wedding, after ten years of togetherness. They had everything planned out and never expected to be planning their daughter’s funeral while planning their wedding. They live a comfortable life and are not struggling financially but at the time Ja’Liyah passed away, they were dealing with some large expenses.

During this same time, the family was getting ready to move and their money saved was used for a down payment for their new place, leaving not enough money to cover such expenses for a funeral. The unexpected funeral costs were paid for through donations from people close to their family. Quavia wanted to say thank you to some people who helped pay for the initial funeral costs, since those responsible are not held accountable and do not cover these expenses.

Quavia sends out a thank you to some dear people, who helped them through this tough time.

“I would like to say thank you to my Uncle and my Husband’s job for helping us so much through this. Normally, most people would be in debt trying to come up with these expenses. Thank you for covering the costs for our daughter’s funeral at a time when we were planning our wedding and a big move. I also wanted to say thank you to Ja’Liyah’s cousin, for making the second obituary and to my Uncle who helped pay for that. That was really thoughtful of you and we will always thank you for doing that for us.”

On Ja’Liyah’s one year angelversary of her death, her headstone was finally able to be placed. For many parents, the placement of the headstone helps in the grieving process.

All parents suffering such a great loss handle things in their own way. For the Turners, they need to move forward, they want closure.

Quavia shares with us,

“We just want to close this chapter. This is the last time I’ll be sharing her story. Ja’Liyah’s death has forever changed me. I am no longer the person I was when this happened. I am a much better person who has had to learn how to do things all over again. My approach to life is very different now. I will not allow negativity in my life anymore. Sharing our story means closure for us.

We are moving past this chapter and have to make a better life for our family. I do hope to have more children, if I can. I want to have more babies and be an even better mom because of what Ja’Liyah’s passing has taught me. I no longer will let myself be affected by things that are not so important. We know what happened and we know the vaccines took our daughter’s life. Accepting her loss was the hardest thing we’ve ever had to deal with. Of course we all have our bad days and still cry over what happened to her. I think of her everyday but know she is ok. I picture her happy and smiling up there. I know she is glad we are telling people what happened to her.

As a family trying to heal, we want to close this chapter. That means we will not be filing a vaccine injury claim, this is not about money, we are not rich but not struggling, this is about our daughter. Filing a claim won’t bring her back and that’s what we’d wish for.”

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Vaccine-Injured Victims Are Raising Needed Awareness

Ja’Liyah is doing more work for us here than most people ever get a chance to do. She is remembered and was honored, on the steps of the California State Capital in Sacramento, California, during a hearing regarding a vaccine bill, SB277, currently being voted on.

Those opposed to this bill understand a parent must reserve the right to opt their child out of vaccination for personal or religious beliefs, because vaccines carry great risk, including death. If SB277 passes, parents in California will have their civil rights violated and their ability to make the best medical choices involving vaccines taken from them, leading to further medical tyranny in the future.

Ja’Liyah radiates light and love. In this image, Ja’Liyah is pictured second from the last picture, on the right. She is raising much-needed awareness about what these vaccines are doing to the world’s children, including what happened to her. Vaccines can harm anyone, adults, too. Parents won’t remain silent anymore.

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Final Words From Ja’Liyah’s Mother

“I want to tell my story to make sure no other parents feel this pain. Any future children will not be vaccinated and Duke is not getting anymore.

I started a page for our daughter, named Dreams of a Beautiful Butta’fly: Ja’Liyah’s Light. I came up with that name just thinking of her, it stuck with me. https://www.facebook.com/ButtaflyaDreams

I miss Ja’Liyah’s bright smile and attitudes. I miss her running the house. I most of all miss her and her brothers relationship. I miss her and her daddy’s bond. I miss dressing her and combing her hair.

She was my love and light. She gave me life and more to look forward to. She was my baby doll.

She was Daddy’s little girl. They had this dance called the jelly belly. It was a must when he came home from work. He could not do anything before they had their dance and play time.

To our baby Ja’Liyah, you brought us all closer. We will always love and remember you. We miss you so much.

Love your mommy and daddy,
Quavia Ectionn’e Turner & LaJarivus Turner”

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Ja’Liyah Cortize Turner

November 29, 2013 – April 18, 2014
Passed away at 4 months old, less than 4 days after receiving 7 vaccines




  1. http://health.state.tn.us/statistics/PdfFiles/IMreport_2014.pdf
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3170075/
  4. http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/06/060202.sids.shtml
  5. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/107/2/437.full.pdf
  6. http://vaxtruth.org/2014/08/how-many-african-american-children…
  7. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-open-question-on-vaccines-and-autism/



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About the author

Augustina Ursino

Augustina Ursino has spent many years researching vaccine ingredients and vaccine reactions. Once she became aware of so many children and adults dying after vaccinations and that most people that survived them are living with vaccine injuries, this impelled her to write these stories. She earned a BS in Marine Biology, focusing on conservation biology and realized it didn’t make sense to inject life forms with the ingredients used in vaccines, under the guise of keeping us healthy. Augustina now writes for VacTruth and continues to help families negatively affected from vaccines.