Pregnant Ft. Campbell Army wife died of blunt force injuries

A pregnant Fort Campbell Army wife,  whose husband is charged in connection with her death, died as a result of complications from multiple blunt force injuries, autopsy results released Monday show.

Meghan Santiago, 33, was found by her husband Sgt. Joseph Santiago on Sept. 27, 2021 in Fort Campbell on-post housing, the autopsy states.  

During an Oct. 6 autopsy, Davidson County Senior Medical Examiner Feng Li, determined her manner of death was homicide.

Li  wrote in his four-page autopsy that Santiago suffered multiple traumatic injuries, including bruising to her most of her body, hemorrhaging to her head and brain and a fractured rib. 

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Santiago arrived at Vanderbilt University Medical Center at 32 weeks pregnant suffering from severe head trauma that required surgery. Doctors saved her baby via an emergency C-section eight weeks early, family member Emily Varcak told The Leaf-Chronicle previously. 

The autopsy ¬†reveals Santiago’s conditions continued to decline despite treatment. She was pronounced brain dead and taken off life support on Oct. 3.¬†

On Sept. 28, 2021, her 33-year-old husband, a signal support systems specialist, was taken into custody and charged in connection with the death of his pregnant wife and injury to their unborn child. 

Currently Joseph Santiago is being held at the Grayson County Jail in Kentucky, pending an investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, according to a release from the Fort Campbell public affairs office.

Alexis Clark can be reached at or 931-217-8519.