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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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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Do You Sleep with Your Baby?

Today’s article is not about a baby that was abandoned or abused or even unwanted.  Yet, since our main priority is to make sure babies are kept safe, I wanted to be sure to talk about this issue anyway.

Co-sleeping.  Please don’t do it.  Little Alfie Smith died just a few weeks after his injuries sustained by his father falling asleep on him.  I know most people think it is harmless and they could never hurt their baby, but it’s not and it can.  Young Dale Anderson did not think it would happen either.  Now he will have to live the rest of his life knowing that he killed his child.   I found a great website that provides lots of information about this practice: kidshealth.org.  While there appear to be some benefits to co-sleeping, when one of the possible consequences is death, do you want to take the risk?

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Mother Charged for Drug Abuse During Pregnancy

This is a very short article, but it brings up a point I do not believe we have talked about here at One By One.

A mother Antoinette Franklin Newsome, 33, has been arrested for the murder of her newborn baby.  This is not the typical story we see involving a desperate mother or a dumpster, though.  The baby died because of respiratory impairment due to the mother’s drug use while pregnant.  He also had drugs in his system when he died just a few hours after birth.

Safe Haven laws would have been a big help in this particular situation, but if anyone was unaware, there are also a lot of free services that can help you if you have a drug problem.  Especially if you are a pregnant woman, please seek help.  Not only are you jeopardizing your health and the health of your child, you could end up like Newsome and possibly go to prison for life.  Think about it.

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Sharon Worthy Sentenced

Curtis Copeland and Sharon Worthy

Sharon Worthy, 22 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in the death of her 3-year-old son.  It was actually her boyfriend who killed the boy (Curtis Copeland, 28, was given life in prison), but there appear to have been several points in this story at which Worthy could have saved her son by either taking him away from Copeland or calling the police.

Among other injuries, the little boy Jesse suffered a broken pelvis, broken vertebra, and a head injury.

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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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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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Whereabouts of Newborn Unknown to Police

This is a new one for me.  A mother is facing charges of killing her newborn though no child has been found.

Seem strange?  Well the mother admitted to giving birth to a baby but refuses to tell police where it is.  The police department has been searching the area around where she gave birth, but as time passes hope of finding the child alive lessens.  Is it just me or is this even worse than a typical abandonment?  If there is absolutely ANY chance that this child is alive, this mother should be given a much harsher punishment.  If the child dies or is never found when that mother could have at least told police where she put it… I have no words.

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Wisconsin to Expand Safe Haven

Representatives in Wisconsin are seeking to expand Safe Haven laws in the state.

The new legislation would increase the age limit for dropping off newborns from 3 days to 30 days.  I can see no real reason why there are states that have such a small window for Safe Haven protection.  Any child older than 72 hours can still be legally given up anyway.  It just seems to confuse and upset parents who have newborns that they do not feel able to take care of.  Parents who miss the window may resort to desperate actions and babies may be harmed.

I hope the legislations passes.  I also wish the age limit was the same for all states to prevent confusion.

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Woman Now Charged with Three Infant Murders

The strange story I reported on earlier remains strange.

The Calgary mother who was arrested when her child was found in a plastic bag in a dumpster, was being investigated for other possible incidents.  Although no bodies were ever found, Meredith Katherine Borowiec, 30, has indeed been charged with two more counts of infant murder.

Although this story takes place in Canada, I believe it still deserves attention.  Especially since Alberta has no Safe Haven laws that protect newborns from abandonment and mothers from prosecution.  If anyone reading this is a Canadian resident, I urge you to contact lawmakers and help protect the lives of babies.

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