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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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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Do You Trust Your Babysitter?

Jayden Brianne Turner

21-year-old Mark Edward Vaughn was arrested in Los Angeles County for the murder of his girlfriend’s 17-month-old daughter, Jayden Brianne Turner.  Although he has insisted that she fell and hit her head on a carpeted floor, the coroner said that this story is not consistent with her injuries and ruled her death a homicide.

I know it difficult to be a parent, but this is no excuse for leaving your children with someone unable to care for them.  We have reported on several articles lately where the parent left an infant in the care of someone who is now being charged with murder.  Even if this is not something you can be criminally prosecuted for, I bet every one of these parents will regret their decision for the rest of their lives.

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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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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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Baby Boy Found Dead Along Highway

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A baby boy was found dead along a highway in Redding, California.  The 11-month-old, Sabastian, was supposedly last seen with the mother’s ex-boyfriend.  The ex, Christopher McDonald, 23, has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and murder, though the results of the autopsy are not in yet.  It is possible that the infant died of natural causes.

There appears to be no motive for the murder and the mother’s perspective on the incident seems suspicious.

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