Category Archives: Child Innocence

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

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.

Amber Alert – El Paso TX Cancelled

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According to police, the two missing boys were found safe and unharmed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Amber Alert lifted after two El Paso
children are found in Juarez

EL PASO, Texas  –  KFOX14 has received permission from Dayanna Narvaez, a friend of the children’s mother to use the image of the reunion between Leonardo Ortega and Matias Carrillo with their mother after they were found safe in Juarez, Mexico.

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Leonardo Ortega and Matias Carrillo reunited with their mother after they were found safe in Juarez, Mexico.

According to police, the two missing boys, who were believed to be in immediate danger, were found safe and unharmed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Police say Ortega, 8, and Carrillo, 2, were unharmed and returned to El Paso early Sunday morning.

The children have been returned to their mother by U.S. marshals and the FBI.

Authorities said no arrests have been made at this time and the investigation continues.

Police said they were looking for Justin Carrillo, 26, in connection with the children’s abduction Saturday morning.

Carrillo was believed to be driving a black, 2003 Hyundai Elantra with Texas license plate number KYR4562.

Amber Alert – El Paso TX

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Matias Carrillo, 2, and Leonardo Ortega, 8, abducted in the El Paso area who were last seen at 5 a.m on June 29.

Amber Alert issued for two boys, ages 2 and 8, abducted in El Paso

Posted: 1:20 PM, Jun 29, 2019 Updated: 31 minutes ago

EL PASO, TX  —  An Amber Alert has been issued for two boys abducted in the El Paso area who were last seen at 5 a.m on June 29.

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Leonardo Ortega is 8-years-old and a white male with black hair, brown eyes. He is 3’9″ tall and weighs 65 pounds. He may be wearing a white shirt, underwear and navy blue crocs.

Leonardo Ortega is 8-years-old and a white male with black hair, brown eyes.  He is 3’9″ tall and weighs 65 pounds.  He may be wearing a white shirt, underwear and navy blue crocs.

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Matias Carrillo is 2-years-old and a white male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 3’0″ tall and weighs 50 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray onesie.

Matias Carrillo is 2-years-old and a white male with black hair and brown eyes.  He is 3’0″ tall and weighs 50 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a gray onesie.

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The suspect believed to have abducted the children is Justin Carrillo.  Carrillo is a 26-year-old white male.  He weighs 190 pounds, is 5’10” tall and has hazel eyes.

The suspect believed to have abducted the children is Justin Carrillo.  Carrillo is a 26-year-old white male.  He weighs 190 pounds, is 5’10” tall and has hazel eyes.

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Carrillo, 26, may be driving a 2003 black Hyundai Elantra with Texas License Plate number KYR4562.

Carrillo may be driving a 2003 black Hyundai Elantra with Texas License Plate number KYR4562.

If you have information, call 915-832-4400 to report information to the El Paso Police Department.

Day Care Co-Owner Charged In Baby’s Death

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#HotVehicles Are Not #BabySitters

Baby dies after being left in day care van
for hours

JACKSONVILLE, FL  –  After a 4-month-old baby found unconscious Wednesday afternoon in a van at a Westside day care died, the co-owner of the center was arrested, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

Darryl Ewing, 56, was booked into the Duval County jail at 8:18 p.m. on a charge of child neglect, according to online jail records.

Police said the infant girl was found still in a child safety seat inside the van at Ewing’s Love and Hope Preschool on Lenox Avenue about 1 p.m, nearly five hours after the vehicle used to pick up children was parked out front.

Jacksonville firefighters tried to revive the baby and took her to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, but the child could not be saved.

“Tragically, today a family has just been notified of the gut-wrenching loss of their precious baby girl,” Department of Children and Families Secretary Chad Poppell said.  “DCF immediately opened a joint child death and child care licensing investigation in coordination with law enforcement.  We will continue to support this family as they mourn the loss of their baby girl.”

Police said the center cares for about 14 children and no other children were injured.

Investigators said they learned Darryl Ewing was the driver of the day care van that picked up the infant and other children earlier Wednesday morning and no other employees were on the van.  According to detectives, the van arrived at the day care about 8:25 a.m., and children were off-loaded and taken into the center.

Investigators said Darryl Ewing then parked the van in front of the day care and left the vehicle unattended with the 4-month-old still strapped in her car seat in the third row of the van.

At 1:03 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office, the infant’s mother called to make after-school arrangements for all of her children and it was discovered the baby had never been checked into the day care.  Police said day care employees went to the van and discovered the infant still strapped in her child seat, unresponsive, and called emergency services.

Throughout the afternoon, the building was surrounded by police tape, officers, evidence technicians and homicide detectives, including the JSO chief of investigations.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, further investigation revealed that Darryl Ewing was responsible for maintaining a separate driver’s log documenting all children that are placed onto the van, which was separate from the parental log signed by parents. Detectives viewed the driver’s log, which they said showed Darryl Ewing had logged in two of the infant’s siblings, but not the infant.

Police said they learned, based on interviews with other day care center employees, that it is the van driver’s responsibility to check and make sure children are offloaded from the van at the day care center.

“It was determined the suspect’s actions (and lack thereof) failed to provide the victim with the necessary supervision and provide services to protect the victim’s physical health, all which was essential to the victim’s well-being and contributed to the death of the victim,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Darryl Ewing refused to talk with detectives when he was taken to the police station to be interviewed and that’s when he was arrested.  Police identified him as the co-owner of the day care center, though the day care’s website lists Darryl Ewing as the director.

Duval County jail records show he has been arrested at least four previous times.

The state said will be immediately suspending the day care center’s license because it wasn’t aware children were being transported.

While the center has a valid license with DCF since 2016 and inspectors have not found any Class I violations in its quarterly inspections, the agency said it didn’t know the day care center was transporting children, so it never monitored transportation standards.

The state said parents have already been contacted to let them know the center’s license is being pulled.

The other owner of the business, Gloryian Ewing was arrested 18 months ago on two counts of child abuse.  While those charges involved her own teenage children — police said they were beaten with an extension cord — she was arrested at the day care center in December 2017.

After Gloryian Ewing, 51, completed a pretrial intervention, the charges were dropped.

DCF records show the center’s license was not affected by the owner’s legal troubles.  The center had no violations in its last three quarterly inspections by the DCF — most recently on April 15.

The last time inspectors found any issues at the facility was last July when the report noted a lack of documentation of worker training and outdoor equipment, and field trip forms were not available for review.  Since the center has been open, the facility has received two Class II and 13 Class II violations.

News4Jax meteorologists estimated that the temperature inside an enclosed vehicle parked in the sun at midday Wednesday could have reached 123 degrees.

A woman who lives in the neighborhood didn’t want to give her name but said her children used to attend this day care center and her heart breaks for the baby’s family.

“Luckily they were grade-school age, but they were left on that same day care van,” the woman told News4Jax.  “It’s sad. I just wish that day care was shut down.  It really, it’s not the best day care.”

Another woman who works at a different child care center calls it a tragedy.

“It’s just heartbreaking right now to know that a child has lost its life,” Lisa Brown said. “Just coming to day care and being taken care of and not returning home.  I think about my own grandkids.”

The Sheriff’s Office and DCF continue to investigate the infant’s death.