AR Court Documents Reveal Gruesome Details

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Rachel Clayton and Steven Simmons

Court documents reveal gruesome details in child abuse case

HARRISON, Arkansas  –  Boone County prosecutors said two people charged last week with child abuse admitted to taking out their rage out on their 7-week-old son and 14-month-old son multiple times.

Rachel Clayton and Steven Simmons are in jail, and newly-released court documents reveal gruesome details.

Investigators said Rachel Clayton and Steven Simmons lived in a trailer in Omaha without running water or electricity. They said the two parents repeatedly abused their children, and admitted it when they were interviewed.

A detective’s affidavit says the mother took the 7-week-old boy to the hospital in Branson for treatment on Sept. 19.  Prosecutors say that’s when doctors discovered a skull fracture, a compression fracture of his spine, seven rib fractures, a broken finger, deep bruises on the front lobe of the brain, and brain tissue injuries. The child was transferred to a hospital in Springfield, and put in Pediatric Intensive Care.

When a Taney County, Mo., sheriff’s deputy questioned the parents at the hospital in Branson, they said the infant had fallen 1.5 feet off a futon-style bed onto the floor.

“They also advised that there were times that they had walked into a wall or door frame striking the child’s head as well,” the deputy said.

A doctor in Branson didn’t think the infant’s severe injuries could have happened as the parents described. Doctors in Springfield also told detectives “that these injuries were in various stages of healing and showed evidence that they occurred during separate acts at separate times during the child’s life,” according to the affidavits. Some injuries were “weeks old” while others were recent.

Detectives interviewed two older children, a 7-year-old daughter of Clayton, and a 13-year-old cousin. The girls told detectives about seeing the parents “strike, slam, drop, and otherwise abuse” the baby on several occasions because he wouldn’t stop crying. They also said Simmons held the baby by the head and pushed it down onto the bed.

According to the affidavit, Clayton later told investigators that she had shaken the baby and tossed him during episodes of rage. She also admitted to striking his head on door frames. Clayton also said she had seen the baby’s father violently shake the baby and slam the baby’s head onto furniture.

Simmons said he wished the baby had never been born, according to investigators. The affidavit also says Simmons admitted to forcing the baby’s face into a pillow and repeatedly screaming, “I hate you!” He also showed with a doll how he violently shook the baby, slammed it onto the bed, and struck the baby’s head on a door frame.

Simmons also said he yelled at the baby to shut up, and said he would look at the baby and say, “God, I wish we could get rid of you,” according to the affidavits. He told detectives that Clayton had been present during several “incidents of rage” and that he had also seen her “toss” the baby from her lap onto the bed.

The mother said she repeatedly screamed at the baby, “I don’t want you!” and “I wish you weren’t here,” according to the affidavits. She said she let the baby “roll off of her arms” onto the furniture during “episodes of rage and frustration when the baby would not be quiet.”

Clayton said “this baby has been the hardest thing she has ever had to deal with,” a detective wrote in the affidavit. She also said she saw Simmons, at least four times, violently shake the baby “and admitted that this was not good for the baby.” She also said she saw Simmons “slam the baby head first onto furniture and then hold the baby’s head face down into the pillows to attempt to quiet the baby,” and did nothing to stop his actions, and did not seek medical treatment when his skull became swollen and bruised.

Simmons also admitted that he had struck the 14-month-old toddler because he had soiled his diaper and then played in it.

“Bring that child to the sheriff’s office; we will find a home for that child. But to treat it worse than you would an animal, it doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t! You can’t understand the mental state that someone has to be in to do that,” said Boone County Sheriff Mike Moore.

Doctors in Branson also noticed excessive bruising on the older child. The baby tested positive for methamphetamine.

Both Clayton and Simmons are in jail. Clayton is charged with first-degree battery and permitting the abuse of a minor. Simmons is charged with first-degree battery, second-degree battery, and permitting the abuse of a minor. If they’re convicted of first-degree battery, they could get prison sentences of 10 to 40 years, or life.

Second-degree battery could bring a prison sentence up to six years, and permitting the abuse of a minor carries a prison sentence of five to 20 years

WI AG, Republicans Introduce Child Abuse Legislation

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Wisconsin State Capitol

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and a group of Republican legislators have proposed a package of bills designed to crack down on child abusers.

Schimel and the Republicans introduced four bills during a news conference Tuesday.

One bill would give victims of sexual assault, human trafficking or child abuse the right to have a victim advocate accompany them during examinations and interviews with police.

Another bill would require social service agencies to report any instances of child abuse or neglect to police.

The remaining two bills would make repeated acts of physical abuse to a child or child neglect formal crimes.

Schimel also announced he plans to designate an assistant attorney general as a child abuse resource prosecutor who would assist local district attorneys in child abuse cases.

Routine Screening for CA Might Spot More Cases

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By Tara Haelle
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The early signs of child abuse among infants and toddlers — head trauma, cracked ribs or abdominal injuries — are often missed, and that may be due in part to a lack of standardized screening, researchers report.

“We probably need to increase testing for abusive injuries, but these data are less about an increase or decrease and more about consistency,” said study author Dr. Daniel Lindberg, from the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Denver.

“If your child has a femur fracture, the decision to test for other abusive injuries shouldn’t depend on the hospital you go to, or the color of your skin, or your net worth or your demeanor,” Lindberg said.

“This study suggests that young kids who present with the most concerning sentinel injuries should at least prompt the provider to consider whether abuse is likely and, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, should prompt them to perform a careful physical examination and obtain other tests to look for hidden abusive injuries,” he added.

Such tests would include a physical exam, X-rays, blood tests and CT scans for internal injuries. A skeletal survey, which is a set of X-rays to look for hidden fractures, is particularly important, Lindberg explained.

“The key thing this study tries to recommend is that we move toward a more routine, consistent approach to abuse testing, and away from an approach that is based on a doctor’s impression of how parents are acting or whether there are other known risk factors,” Lindberg said.

The findings were published online Oct. 5 in the journal Pediatrics.
One expert agreed that more consistent screening would spot more cases of child abuse.

“Pediatricians and other medical providers who care for abused and neglected children have long recognized that specific injuries are more often associated with abuse,” said Dr. Thomas Valvano, medical director of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program at Oregon Health and Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

“The use of protocols [based on evidence] for evaluating children with injuries associated with an increased risk of abuse can also reduce the likelihood that abuse will be misdiagnosed,” Valvano said.

An estimated 600 children die from child abuse each year, while another 119,000 continue to suffer from it annually, the study noted. Yet, one in five abuse-caused fractures and up to 30 percent of abusive head traumas are missed by doctors the first time, leaving children vulnerable to further abuse.

The researchers examined the records of more than 4.1 million children under the age of 2 who had been seen at one of 18 different medical institutions during a seven-year period.

From these records, the researchers identified just over 30,000 children who had sentinel injuries, such as bruises or burns in young infants, brain bleeding or fractures in children under 1, and rib fracture, abdominal injuries, genital injuries or bleeding behind the retinas for children under the age of 2.

The researchers excluded children who had been in a car accident or had been previously diagnosed with child abuse. Most of these children — 90 percent — had only one potentially suspicious injury.

Among all the children under 2 years of age, 0.17 percent had been victims of child abuse, but percentages were higher among those with sentinel injuries. For example, 3.5 percent of children under 1-year-old with burns and 56 percent of children under 2 years old with rib fractures had been abused. Among those with rib fracture, severe abdominal injury or bleeding in the skull, at least one in five children had been abused, according to the study.

Yet medical test usage for identifying abuse varied greatly across hospitals, the investigators found. For example, anywhere from 20 percent to 74 percent of the children received skeletal surveys, depending on the center.

“While the results from the study are not surprising, they do serve as a constant reminder for medical providers on the front lines to be vigilant for red flags in the types of patients’ injuries and injury pattern, as well as the behavior and detail disclosed in the history surrounding the injury or injuries,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

“Doing a thorough history and physical exam, and always maintaining a high index of suspicion for child abuse when the injuries don’t match with a history obtained from parents or caregivers is essential to avoid missing cases of child abuse,” Glatter said.

The study reveals the importance of establishing a more standardized protocol for assessing possible child abuse, Lindberg said.

Valvano added that while more child abuse cases may be identified with routine screening, that does not necessarily mean more children will be misdiagnosed as abused when they were not.

“The evaluation of child abuse is a multidisciplinary process involving medical providers, child protective services and law enforcement,” Valvano said. “Referring children for evaluation by medical providers with expertise in the field of child abuse is key. Child abuse specialists are trained to differentiate between accidental and abusive injuries, and often diagnose accidental injury.”

Further, proper testing should rarely lead to “false positives,” Lindberg suggested.

“For the most concerning injuries in this study, the risk of abuse is high enough, the risk of missing that abuse is high enough and the risks of testing small enough, that testing should be routine,” Lindberg said.

Others who notice suspicious injuries — especially any bruising in infants under 6 months old — can play a role in preventing child abuse, too, he added.

“Family and friends should feel empowered to ask about these injuries, and if there isn’t a great explanation, they should know that anyone — not just doctors — can report a reasonable concern for abuse,” Lindberg said.


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