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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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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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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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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Anitra Hicks Charged with Murder of Infant

Anitra Hicks

Anitra Hicks, 18, has been charged with the murder of her infant son.

She is currently under house arrest while she awaits trial.  She is allowed to attend school and see her lawyer.  I would like to hear your thoughts on this.  Personally, I am a big fan of house arrest for people who are not flight risks.  It saves the state money and helps to not stigmatize the offender before he or she is proven guilty.

Anyway, it appears that Hicks gave birth in her bathroom and then threw the baby into the trash.  A trash collector was the one who found the boy and reported it to the police.  What is very strange to me is that she is described as a “slight” girl, but even her pastor said she never appeared to be pregnant.  I do not understand how this could be.  It is so sad that she did not think she could talk to anyone about it, did not think she had any other options, and was so close to graduating high school.

Another example, folks!  Teach your children about Safe Haven!

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Milton Galarza-Rojas Dies from Overdose

Oscar Rivera

This article is really short, but I thought the little boy still deserved mentioning.  A 9-month-old baby was rushed to the hospital having difficulty breathing and he later died.  Doctors found heroin and cocaine in his little body.

Oscar Rivera, 34, has been arrested and will face a murder charge among other counts.

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Jesse Joe Hernandez: Put to Death for Crimes Against Children

Jesse Joe Hernandez

Eleven years ago Jesse Joe Hernandez murdered a 10-month-old little boy and also abused his sister.  He was just recently put to death by lethal injection in Texas.

Whether or not you agree with capital punishment is not the issue.  I would just like everyone to read this article and keep in mind what happened to this baby.  I do suggest parental guidance on this one, readers.  This baby suffered some terrible injuries.  Unlike most of our articles, Hernandez was not the boy’s father, but there are others out there like him.  Keeping talking about Safe Haven and save a life!

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Fitzpatrick Pleads Guilty to Receive Life in Prison

Fitzpatrick and Barrise

I have an update for you on the baby killed with a cinderblock.

Christopher Fitzpatrick has pled guilty to first-degree murder of his baby girl and will receive life prison without parole.  Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty if he agreed to testify against the mother, Jennifer Barrise.  She is now facing charges of criminal homicide and concealing the death of a child.

I would like to remind everyone once again that there are Safe Haven Laws in every state that allow a parent to safely relinquish their parental rights at a hospital, fire station, and several other locations without any consequences.  There was no need for this child to die just because she was unwanted by the parents.

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Eddie Salazar Sr.- What Really Happened?

Eddie Salazar Sr., 31

This story is despicable.  A man invented four different stories to cover up the fact that he murdered- possibly accidently- his infant son.

At first, Eddie Salazar Sr., 31, even created an elaborate scenario involving men breaking into his house and him being knocked unconscious as explanation for the baby’s disappearance.  What actually happened was he either dropped the baby or hit the baby’s head on something, killing him, then either drove him out to a forest and left him there or threw him off a bridge.  There are several versions of this story, too.  Police found the boy in a river.  The medical examiner reported that he had three skill fractures.

We will be sure to follow this story for you.  Stay tuned.

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Newborn Twins Found Dead in Trunk

Jackie Burkle, 22

Just when I think my job promoting Safe Haven is making a little bit of a difference, I get proven wrong.  Every time.

Jackie Burkle, 22, confessed to killing her newborn twins after police found them in the trunk of her car.  The whole story broke because a concerned coworker noticed she was no longer pregnant and did not have the children.  No name was given, but I want to commend this person for being brave enough to step forward.  Without her tip, the infants may never have been discovered.  Burkle may face life in prison.

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