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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Little Girl Left in Car While Father in Jail

Noe Alejandro Martinez, 23

It has been a long time since I saw one of these.  A father left his 9-month-old infant in a car with no ventilation while he went inside a jail to retrieve his possessions.  A security guard found the poor little girl crying and sweating and broke a window to get her out.  The father, Noe Alejandro Martinez, 23, was arrested at the scene.  Yes, he not only left her in the car… he left her in a car at a jail.

I had no idea there was anyone left in the world who did not know it’s a bad idea to leave a baby in a car.  I am flabbergasted.  The last story I saw had a mother who was under the influence and forgot the child was in there.  The father in this story has no such excuse.  He knowingly and willingly decided that it would be too much hassle to bring the little girl on his errand with him or find a babysitter.  Thank goodness someone found her before permanent damage was done.  She was released into the custody of the mother, but CPS is investigating.

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Teliajah Brown: Murdered by Mother’s Boyfriend

Teliajah Brown

I have yet ANOTHER case of a child murdered by the mother’s boyfriend.  Is this some insane trend we are seeing here?  3-year-old Teliajah Brown died due to blunt force trauma while in the care of Shonta Barnhill-Sherrod.  He claims that the death was accidental and happened when they were wrestling.

I am just so confused by how many of these I have seen lately.  Are these moms just showing bad judgment in who they bring around their children?  Are all of these deaths coincidence?  How long should you know someone before you allow them to be alone with your children?  I would love to hear some thoughts on this.

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Baby Left to Die in Louisiana

Sabrina Maiden

A baby was found dead in a swampy area in Louisiana.  This story has just about every bad thing that could have led up to this murder: domestic dispute, drug abuse, firearms, and a poor environment.  I will let you read all of the details, but basically 22-year-old Sabrina Maiden has been charged with first-degree murder for laying her son in a field and leaving him to die.

I do not know how many times I have said this, but it is clearly not reaching some people.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ABANDON/HARM/MURDER YOUR BABY!  There are Safe Haven locations where you can drop them off 100% anonymously.  100% anonymously means you do not even have to give your name.  Nothing.

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Shaken Baby Dies 5 Years Later

Brayden Grusman-Buckmaster

Brayden Grusman-Buckmaster died recently at the age of 5, but the cause of his death happened many years before.  His death was ruled a homicide caused by being shaken when he was just 6-weeks-old.

The boy had many health related issues caused by the shaking, including blindness.  Although it was ruled to be murder, no one is being held responsible for his death.  His adoptive parents are not happy with this decision.  Rightfully so, I say.  It is an interesting case, though.  How much time has to pass before someone is no longer responsible for murder?  Is there a limit?  We would love to hear your thoughts.

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