Overview of Shaken Baby Syndrome

We have done a few articles on shaken baby syndrome here.  I happened across his article which explains what exactly occurs when you shake a baby and why it can cause so many problems, up to and including death.

The point that I like from the article is that every parent needs to have a plan in place for what to do when their baby starts crying.  Think about what you would do if you have had just the worst and most stressful day of your life and you come home and your baby will not stop crying.  A parent always needs to be sure that they can cope and safely take care of their children.  If you cannot, seek help immediately.  There are many crisis lines out there if you do not have friends or family members that are willing to help.  Shaking a baby even for one second can cause permanent damage.

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We just wanted to let everyone know that we will be making updates a priority again.  We have some old articles that we will go ahead and post for you, but new stories will be coming soon!

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Did the System Fail This Boy?

There is a major problem happening with our child protection system in this country.  Well, it is possibly that this problem has always existed.  Read this article for specifics, but many children are killed each year that had prior incidents of child abuse that DSS was alerted to.  I can certainly understand that some slip through the cracks and we want to be certain before taking custody from a parent.  Yet, that is a far cry from one little boy who had eight prior visits from child protection workers responding to reports of child abuse.  The ninth incident killed him.  There should have never been a ninth incident.  The state should have saved this little boy.

The really sad thing is that the only people who pay for these mistakes are the children.  No one was punished for not following up with this little boy.  Help put a stop to child abuse.  If you see something, say something.

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Unbelievable Story of Infant Murder

Joseph Mouton, 57

This story is absolutely insane.  Joseph Mouton, 57, has been charged with killing his 6-month-old son… THEN hiding his body in a refrigerator… AND he has not been charged with murder.

His defense was that he was under the influence when the child was killed.  Yet, he was previously arrested for battering the baby’s mother when she was pregnant and also pled guilty to attempted murder several years prior.  This case is just unbelievable.

PLEASE get the word out about Safe Havens.  It turns out that Mouton gained custody of the child because the mother could not afford to care for him.  There is always a better choice than leaving your children with someone who is likely to abuse them.  I have no more words.

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Baby Jasper, Another Shaking

Another little baby, 5-month-old Jasper, appears to have been killed due to shaking.  Matthew J. Clark, 21, testified that he saw his girlfriend Leslie Anne Holmes, 22, shake the baby for one to two minutes before he took him from Holmes.  Clark also testified that he had seen her hit the baby in the past.  Well, if that is true, I think Clark should go to jail, as well.  Anyone who hits a 5-month-old baby cannot call it discipline.  It’s abuse.  Plain and simple.  If someone else is there to witness a child being hurt and fails to report it, that is a crime, as well.

The last part of this article is what was really terrifying.  It said the baby was also found to have old injuries when the autopsy was performed: broken leg and arm fracture.  This poor little baby.  PARENTS: If you are not capable of properly caring for your children, please know that there are many wonderful families that would love to have them.

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Who Killed Desiree, Mom or Boyfriend?

Chief Prosecutor Anthony Cillo and Charles Brassfield

Desiree Nicole Wade, 8 months old, was killed.  Just recently the trial of her mother’s boyfriend Charles Brassfield, 24, began.  Prosecutors seem sure that Brassfield was the culprit in the child’s death, but so far there is no conclusive evidence that it was him and he has maintained that he is innocent throughout.

The Coroner said her injuries included skull fractures, brain injury, and brain and retinal hemorrhaging which he said could have been caused by a multiple story fall or a car collision.  If this little girl was murdered by someone, I cannot imagine what they could have done to her.  The Coroner said the injuries were not caused by an object.  I am afraid we may never know what happened to little Desiree.  I hope the right person is put in jail.

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Achilles Daniels: Could He Have Been Saved?

Eddie Lee Daniels, 24

Eddie Lee Daniels, 24, has been charged with the first-degree murder of his son, 2-month-old Achilles.  He suffered a broken femur (one of the hardest bones in the body to break) and blunt force trauma to the head.

What really makes me angry about this article is that it lists several other incidents of Daniels displaying violent behavior and that he has been arrested more than a dozen times.  Why in world was he entrusted with the care of 2-month-old?  I think the system may have failed little Achillies.

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Anthony Sewejkis Convicted of Child Abuse

Anthony Sewejkis

Another baby boy, 4-month-old Hunter, was abused by the father a few months ago.  The father, Anthony Sewejkis, 25, was just recently convicted of first-degree abuse.  The little boy was crying, as babies tend to do, and the father slammed his head into the floor causing brain damage and partial blindess.  When the mother came home and noticed a slanting in the boy’s face, she rushed him to the hospital where he spent 11 weeks .

Every parent gets frustrated.  Every one.  Please remember that there is help out there.  Call a friend, family member, or even a crisis hotline if you ever think you may harm your child.  Remember that they are kids.  No one, especially a child, deserves this sort of punishment.

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Gordon Collins-Faunce Admits to Baby Murder

Gordon Collins-Faunce

Baby Ethan, 10-weeks-old, died recently due to abuse by his father.  The father, Gordon Collins-Faunce, 23, admits to grabbing him by the head and throwing him in a chair.

The really sad part about this story is that the abuse should have been caught 6 weeks earlier when Ethan suffered a broken arm.  As I am sure you know, it is pretty hard to break a 4-week-old’s bones.  They are quite elastic.  So, the hospital should definitely have called the authorities and reported that there was a suspicion of child abuse here.  Ethan had a twin brother and half-sister who do not appear to have been abused.

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Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan, Another Killed by Dog

Onion and Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan

Another baby was killed by a dog this week.  Baby Jeremiah from Louisiana, just learning to walk, tried to use the family dog, Onion, to pull himself up onto his feet.  The dog reacted by grabbing the baby’s head with his mouth and shaking.

This is mostly sad because an innocent baby’s life was lost due to a preventable accident.  I am also sad, though, because Onion was just startled out of his nap and reacted on instinct.  He does not deserve to die either.  No parent should leave this young of a child within reach of this big of a dog.  It should be a crime.  Even the best-behaved dog could do something like this.

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