Father Only Gets Two Years In Shaken Baby Case
A Scott County child will not be allowed to see his parents again following a court order made Tuesday in Circuit Court.
A judge sentenced Luke Stallard to serve two years in prison and cease all contact with his son who was severely abused in 2016, according to information from the Scott County Commonwealth Attorney’s office.
Stallard’s wife Summer was given a four-year sentence last month after the state presented evidence of the child’s horrific injuries likely caused by shaken baby syndrome. The infant suffered a skull fracture, 23 broken ribs, subdural hematoma and lumbar injuries.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung had recommended a 20-year sentence for Summer Stallard and said last month he was “heartbroken” by Judge Jeffery Hamilton’s decision.
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Babies bring a lot of joy, but there can also be moments of frustration if you feel like you can’t console their crying. Most caregivers handle those times just fine. But if those feelings boil over, it can cross a line.
Shaken baby syndrome is a form of child abuse. When a baby is shaken hard by the shoulders, arms, or legs, it can cause learning disabilities, behavior disorders, vision problems or blindness, hearing and speech issues, seizures, cerebral palsy, serious brain injury, and permanent disability. In some cases, it can even be fatal.
Ever notice how long it takes babies to hold their heads up? Their neck muscles start out weak and get stronger as they grow. The same goes for their brains, which still need time to develop.
When a baby is shaken, its brain can bounce between the front and back of its skull. This causes it to bleed, bruise, and swell. It only takes a few seconds of aggressive shaking for this to happen.
Scott Juceam is one of the leading advocates against Shaken Baby Syndrome. Scott’s life changed when his daughter Hannah was shaken to death by her nanny in 2006. Since then, Scott has dedicated his life to preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse.
To learn more about me, please visit my website at www.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.