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One of the 5 forms of Child Abuse

Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma

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Never shake a Baby for any reason, nor raise your voice to one.

SBS/AHT is the leading cause of physical
Child Abuse in the U. S.

OVERVIEW

Shaken baby syndrome — also known as abusive head trauma, shaken impact syndrome, inflicted head injury or whiplash shake syndrome — is a serious brain injury resulting from forcefully shaking an infant or toddler.

Shaken baby syndrome destroys a child’s brain cells and prevents his or her brain from getting enough oxygen.  Shaken baby syndrome is a form of child abuse that can result in permanent brain damage or death.

Shaken baby syndrome is preventable.  Help is available for parents who are at risk of harming a child.  Parents also can educate other caregivers about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome.

SYMPTOMS

Shaken baby syndrome symptoms and signs include:

  • Extreme fussiness or irritability
  • Difficulty staying awake
  • Breathing problems
  • Poor eating
  • Vomiting
  • Pale or bluish skin
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Coma

You may not see any signs of physical injury to the child’s outer body.  Sometimes, the face is bruised.  Injuries that might not be immediately seen include bleeding in the brain and eyes, spinal cord damage, and fractures of the ribs, skull, legs and other bones.  Many children with shaken baby syndrome show signs and symptoms of prior child abuse.

In mild cases of shaken baby syndrome, a child may appear normal after being shaken, but over time he or she may develop health or behavioral problems.

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR

Seek immediate help if you suspect your child has been injured by violent shaking. Contact your child’s doctor or take your child to the nearest emergency room. Getting medical care right away may save your child’s life or prevent serious health problems.

Health care professionals are legally required to report all suspected cases of child abuse to state authorities.

CAUSES

Babies have weak neck muscles and often struggle to support their heavy heads.  If a baby is forcefully shaken, his or her fragile brain moves back and forth inside the skull.  This causes bruising, swelling and bleeding.

Shaken baby syndrome usually occurs when a parent or caregiver severely shakes a baby or toddler due to frustration or anger — often because the child won’t stop crying.

Shaken baby syndrome isn’t usually caused by bouncing a child on your knee, minor falls or even rough play.

RISK FACTORS

The following things may make parents or caregivers more likely to forcefully shake a baby and cause shaken baby syndrome:

  • Unrealistic expectations of babies
  • Young or single parenthood
  • Stress
  • Domestic violence
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Unstable family situations
    Depression
  • A history of mistreatment as a child

Also, men are more likely to cause shaken baby syndrome than are women.

COMPLICATIONS

Even brief shaking of an infant can cause irreversible brain damage.  Many children affected by shaken baby syndrome die.

Survivors of shaken baby syndrome may require lifelong medical care for conditions such as:

  • Partial or total blindness
  • Developmental delays, learning problems or behavior issues
  • Intellectual disability
  • Seizure disorders
  • Cerebral palsy

PREVENTION

New parent education classes can help parents better understand the dangers of violent shaking and may provide tips to soothe a crying baby and manage stress.

When your crying baby can’t be calmed, you may be tempted to try anything to get the tears to stop — but it’s important to always treat your child gently.  Nothing justifies shaking a child.

If you’re having trouble managing your emotions or the stress of parenthood, seek help.  Your child’s doctor may offer a referral to a counselor or other mental health provider.

If other people help take care of your child — whether a hired caregiver, sibling or grandparent — make sure they know the dangers of shaken baby syndrome.

Source:  Mayo Clinic Staff
https://www.mayoclinic.org

NC Man Wanted For Felony Child Abuse Now In Custody

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Christopher Shaun Forde, 36, was arrested in Forsyth County for felony Child Abuse.

Wanted man found in Forsyth County, arrested on Child Abuse charges
after baby found with injuries
to face and brain

RANDOLPH COUNTY, NC  –  A man, wanted on child abuse charges, was found and arrested Tuesday evening, according to a Randolph County Sheriff’s Office news release.

At about 7 p.m., Christopher Shaun Forde, 36, was arrested in Forsyth County.  He was given a $250,000 secured bond.

On June 16, deputies received a child abuse/child neglect report.

The report said that a baby had been in the care and custody of Forde and was discovered with injuries.

The juvenile was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital and it was determined the child had sustained facial bruising and injuries to the face, neck and shoulder, deputies say.

It was also determined that the child had older injuries that were healing including a brain bleed.

An arrest warrant reports the child was less than 1 year old and had a bleeding mouth and disrupted frenulum.

Doctors determined that the injuries were not accidental.

Investigators say that both incidents happened while the child was in the care and custody of Forde.

Warrants have been issued for two counts of felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, the release says.

35K Bond For Lying And Child Endangerment????

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Chrystal Jackson, the aunt of 18-month-old Cedric “CJ” Jackson, the toddler whose body was found in a landfill.

Aunt of Dallas boy found dead in landfill arrested

DALLAS, TX  –  The aunt of an 18-month-old Dallas boy whose body was found in a landfill has been charged with child endangerment.

Chrystal Jackson was arrested Thursday morning.  Her bond was set at $35,000. Conditions of her release stipulate she is to have no contact with any child.  She must also submit to random drug testing, not consume alcohol or possess a deadly weapon.

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Cedric “C.J.” Jackson,18-months-old

Chrystal reported her nephew, Cedric “CJ” Jackson, missing on July 10.  She told police she put him to bed the night before and said he was gone when she woke up the next morning.

An Amber Alert was issued for Cedric because another child living in the apartment said they saw someone take Cedric in the middle of the night.

Jackson’s boyfriend, who has a lengthy criminal history, later confessed that he had swaddled Cedric in a blanket to “restrict” his movement.

Johnson explained the 18-month-old got up one night and “made a mess” by getting into ketchup packets, so he wrapped him tightly to prevent him from getting up in the night, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Johnson said the boy began throwing up and became unresponsive after he unwrapped him.  He said he performed CPR on the boy for 30-45 minutes before putting him in a dumpster, the affidavit states.

C.J.’s body was found at a Rockwall landfill after the dumpster had been emptied.

C.J. was placed in his aunt’s care by Child Protective Services in May under an agreement with the child’s biological parents.  It’s not clear why her boyfriend was caring for him instead.

CPS removed six other children’s from Jackson’s home following Cedric’s death. Two are Jackson’s children and four are Johnson’s children.

A custody hearing is set for later this month, and CPS says it is reviewing how it handled C.J.’s placement into Jackson’s home.

One mother who lives in the same complex as Chrystal Jackson said this will help justice be served for C.J.

“It’s sad.  I feel like justice should be served for the baby, you know. It’s crazy,” Heather Johnson said.

[REPORTER: “To hear that he died in such a terrible way under her care, what goes through your mind as a mother?”]  “It’s just, you have to watch everybody, I mean, the closest people that you think, I mean, stuff happens,” she responded.

Blue ribbons wrapped around trees with C.J.’s name line the streets surrounding the aunt’s condominium where he was reported missing.

A neighbor said they were put up in and around the area where DPD officers and volunteers searched for the little boy.

Murder A Child Then Put It In A Culvert Or The Dump Is A Hate Crime!!!!

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Sedrick Deshun Johnson, 27, caused serious bodily injury to the Child and failed to seek medical assistance.

Body Of 18-Month-Old Cedric Jackson
Found In Landfill, Aunt’s Boyfriend
Arrested

DALLAS, TX  –  Sedrick Deshun Johnson — the boyfriend of 18-month-old Cedric “C.J.” Jackson’s aunt — is in police custody in relation to the death of the little boy.

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Cedric “C.J.” Jackson,18-months-old

Police arrested the 27-year-old Thursday morning.  He was charged with injury to a child, serious bodily injury.  According to police, he confessed that he was at the apartment and moved Cedric’s body to a dumpster in northeast Dallas.  Detectives learned that the dumpster was emptied twice since then.

According to the arrest affidavit, Johnson stated the 18-month-old “made a mess” with ketchup packets, and that he then tightly swaddled him to restrict his movement and placed him on the floor.

It was reported that around 12:30 a.m. July 10, Johnson unwrapped the little boy and he began to throw up and later became unresponsive.

Johnson told police after he attempted CPR in the bedroom for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, he drove Cedric to another location where he disposed of him in the dumpster.

During a forensic interview, one of the juvenile witnesses reported that Johnson would wrap Cedric too tightly, causing him to cry.  The witness stated he heard Cedric crying late-night then stopped suddenly before he disappeared.

Jackson’s aunt, Crystal, stated she had woke up during the night and noticed that both Johnson and Cedric were missing.  She then called Johnson and confronted him about why he wasn’t at the residence.

It is believed that Johnson caused serious bodily injury to Jackson by compressing his airway and failed to seek medical assistance.

Johnson’s prior criminal history includes abandoning and endangering a child with intent to return, prostitution, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Dallas police said in 2010, after arresting Johnson for prostitution, his daughter – who was 4 months old at the time – was found left alone in his apartment.  Police said Johnson told them he had left her on the bed while he went to the store to get cigars.

Johnson got four years probation for the offense, which he later violated multiple times.  Violations include testing positive for THC on several occasions, giving officers false information, resisting arrest.

Police found Cedric’s body in a landfill shortly after 11 a.m.  He was taken to the coroner’s office where they will determine how and when he died.

Cedric was reported missing from the Twin Oaks Apartments, in the 9700 block of Whitehurst Drive, around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Child Protective Services (CPS) recently gave his aunt temporary custody of Cedric for reasons that remain unclear.  That woman told police she put the little boy to bed sometime after 11:00 p.m. Tuesday and he was gone the next morning when she woke up.

Before authorities began searching for Cedric’s remains, family members had expressed concern about the aunt’s claim since they say the woman slept next to the child, in the same bed.

Officials issued a statewide Amber Alert for Cedric Wednesday night.

He Cared So Much For Her That He Threw Her In A Culvert To Rot For 2 Weeks

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Defendant Wesley Mathews was escorted from the 282nd Judicial District Court on Wednesday after receiving a life sentence for the death of his 3-year-old adopted daughter, Sherin Mathews.

Richardson dad who let 3-year-old Sherin Mathews die ‘over milk’
gets life in prison

DALLAS, TX  –  A Richardson father was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for dumping the body of his adopted 3-year-old daughter in a culvert after he says she choked to death on milk.

“This whole thing was about anger and frustration over milk,” lead prosecutor Jason Fine said, arguing that Wesley Mathews had been force-feeding the girl.

Sherin Mathews’ father deleted internet searches, messages before her body was found, prosecutors say

Jurors spent about three hours deliberating the punishment for Mathews, who this week pleaded guilty to injury to a child in the October 2017 death of Sherin Mathews.

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They were unanimous in their decision, which elicited little reaction from the 39-year-old defendant.  Mathews stared straight ahead as the verdict was read and did not look at jurors.

Mathews Held On Million Dollar Bond

His wife, Sini Mathews, quickly left the courthouse without commenting on the sentence.  Originally charged with child abandonment, the registered nurse had her case dismissed earlier this year by prosecutors who said they couldn’t prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mother Of Sherin Mathews In Same Building As Wesley

Before his capital murder trial was to begin Monday, Mathews pleaded guilty to a lesser charge: injury to a child by omission.  On Wednesday, he said he accepted whatever decision the jury came to for his punishment, even if it were a life sentence.

Head Of TX CPS Vows To Get Better

“I’m more than happy to take it,” he said Wednesday morning.

Life is precisely what prosecutors advocated for in closing arguments.  They argued that Mathews built a public persona of a good father, but ultimately failed to protect Sherin.

Fine accused Mathews of killing the girl and said the father acted out of anger because she wouldn’t finish the milk a doctor had prescribed for her nutrition.  The father wanted to exert power over the girl, Fine said.

“He is a liar,” Fine said.  “He had to be in control.”

Rafael De La Garza, Mathews’ attorney, defended his client against the murder accusation.  He argued prosecutors couldn’t prove Mathews committed murder, otherwise he would have stood trial on that charge.

De La Garza contends that, by pleading guilty, Mathews was accepting responsibility for Sherin’s death, the result of his inaction when the child began to choke.  The attorney fought against the perception that Mathews didn’t care about Sherin, and said his client will live with the consequences of her death for the rest of his life.
“You can see from the videos, you can see from the photos that they loved and adored Sherin,” De La Garza told the jury.

Photos and home videos played for the jury during the trial weren’t enough for Fine, however.  He argued that Mathews showed his true colors with his behavior after Sherin’s death.

“Great guys and great dads, they don’t stick their daughters in trash bags and dump them in sewage drains,” Fine said.

A day before prosecutors and the defense rested their case Wednesday, Mathews took the witness stand Tuesday to describe the night the toddler died.

He told jurors that Sherin choked while drinking milk in the family’s garage but he didn’t call for emergency help or alert his wife — a registered nurse — because he was scared Child Protective Services would get involved.

Crippled by fear, Mathews testified, he put the girl’s body in a culvert, where it was found about two weeks later.

“I could not absorb what had happened.  I could not believe that in a very quick time my child had gone from me,” Mathews said Tuesday.  “I was really, really paralyzed.”

Mathews took the witness stand again Wednesday morning, when Fine grilled him on multiple inconsistencies between the account he told police and his testimony Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Mathews told the jury he brought the girl into the garage to see a new lawnmower to calm her down so she could drink her milk, and that he had played piano to pass the time — two things Fine said he never told police.  Mathews also testified that he gave Sherin CPR, which Fine said also deviated from what he told police.