Why is it tolerated and excused that an eight week old baby has multiple fractures because the poor daddy is just a teen, stressed and too young to cope with being a parent? Hang on, he’s 19-years-old! Oh Western world what are you doing to yourself.
The 19-year-old clearly admitted violent, uncontrolled behavior. Oh wait no he admitted ‘rough handling’, and squeezing the baby to ‘calm’ the child. Three times! He also admitted he knew he had done wrong. When? The first, second or third time? Or on the probably numerous other occasions as noted by the ‘healing’ injuries that point to more than the admitted three occasions.
The courts praise his remorseful attitude and his willingness to admit fault, so now the key to getting away with gross child abuse is to play the game and play it well.
If he knew he was wrong in his behaviour why didn’t he walk away the first time he harmed the child, even the second time? He could have rung a parenting line, or walked into any welfare office and said one word “HELP”.
He’s not a child he’s 19-years-old. Old enough to work, drink alcohol, drive a car and have sex, obviously. Old enough to know how gentle and delicate a baby is, old enough to fully understand that baby’s break, old enough to know when to walk away!
The poor, frustrated teen admitting that he was angry and frustrated took it out on an 8 week old baby, this should have been a ticket to a severe jail sentence. A living, innocent, defenceless baby had no less than TEN fractures! From more than three separate violent attacks. If the baby could speak it would press charges, but the poor victim can’t speak and so adults fail to do their duty to keep the infant safe.
The frustrated, immature, unprepared teenager has been slapped on the wrist with a two year suspended sentence. That won’t break any of his bones and it won’t stop him from doing the same act to another child or sadly even the same child. The mother doesn’t escape my harsh tongue either. I don’t subscribe to the possible belief that she wasn’t aware of the injury and is as guilty as the partner. The baby’s mother would have seen the anger, the frustration in her partner and should have acted to protect the baby as priority number ONE.
We have thousands of great couples who are childless and would give this infant a dream childhood and we have many, many poor, innocent teenagers and adults who are not afraid to unleash their vile tempers on their unprotected innocent babies because
a) they can’t fight back,
b) they can’t tell on their attacker and
c) it’s ridiculously easy to get away with!
The Judge commented that there was a need to send a strong message that mistreatment of children was a serious offence and there would be suitable punishment. He then handed down the 2 year suspended sentence! Go figure!
Attacking an eight week old baby on no less than three occasions causing numerous fractures is not mistreatment it’s pure violent abuse, no accident, no excuse. I could possibly suck in my breath and agree to ‘mistakes’ the first time but never again.
Suitable punishment? Two year suspended sentence! Allow me at this point to remind you of younger teenagers who played with fire in a truly mischievous way that went out of control and burned down a school. They were JAILED, destroying their teen years, their family lives and their reputations for ever. No prior criminal record and no one was harmed. Especially no innocent defenceless babies.
Seems a school has far more value and right to be protected than a precious eight week old baby.
Attacks on babies, toddlers and children will only reduce when parents, adults of any age have a deep fear of a heavy and harsh incarceration (Jail) term.
Included with his slap on the wrist should be male birth control that lasts until he’s 25-years-old and no longer able to blame his youthfulness for his actions!
I feel angry and sickened that if the same 19-year-old had abused an animal he would probably have received a harsher punishment.
I feel angry and sickened that this person is now free to harm another and may get away with it as another baby lays in his/her cot experiencing unbearable, indescribably pain of fractured bones and bruised body.
The court says it was told that baby did not have permanent injuries, I beg to differ and point out the very serious emotional injury of ‘attachment disorder’. Caused by learning that when baby cries baby will receive intense pain and anger. Instead of loving, warm, caring arms of comfort.
Society you screamed loud when a school building burned down, why do you go quiet when a baby’s bones are broken!
Thank you to the reporter of the Weekend West for highlighting this incident, as sad as it is to see that it made page 18 where by an article on the speed of snails made page 3!
Ref: The Weekend West 24/8/2013 Page 18. Teen dad who hurt baby son goes free