Las Vegas Man Accused Of Injuring An Infant Twice

A North Las Vegas man is accused of seriously injuring an infant in his care for the second time in five years, according to North Las Vegas police.

Jason K. Broome, 26, was arrested this week by North Las Vegas police on two felony charges of child abuse-neglect. An arrest report for Broome says police were called to an area hospital on Feb. 25 for a report of an injured 4-month-old boy. Medical inspection showed Broome’s son “had hemorrhaging in both eyes, which was consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome,” a police investigator wrote in the report.

The infant was diagnosed with two frontal lobe brain bleeds, police said.

Broome and the child’s mother told police the baby fell on the ground while being given a bath.

“Since the parents’ story didn’t make any sense and was suspicious, the ER staff decided to call police and Child Protective Services,” police wrote.

Mother mentioned prior event

Further investigation showed the mother of the child told police she did not trust Broome in caring for the baby because of a prior incident in which Broome was babysitting the child in November. When she came home in November, she noticed the baby had two bruises on his temples. That day, Broome had texted the woman about the child, saying the baby is “more pissed because I’m not playing his game.”

“Jason then wrote about going to the store and getting Mike’s Hard Lemonade,” an arrest report states. “After, he stated, ‘Fine then. Be that way. I put lemonade in his bottle’ with a smiling face emoji.”

Broome was asked about the apparent bruises on the baby’s temples.

“Jason advised that he held (the baby) by his temples to hold up as he gave him a bath,” police wrote. “As a result, (the baby) had a bruise on his temple from behind held by him.”

An arrest report states Broome told police he was previously stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and that he’d been arrested there on a child neglect charge in 2014. Police said in that North Carolina incident, Broome’s then 3-month-old daughter suffered “the same injuries” as Broome’s son in North Las Vegas.

“Jason then said that the charges did not stick and he was released,” police wrote about the North Carolina case. “Jason’s daughter was removed from the home and he lost all parental rights to her.”

Police allege the similarities in the cases demonstrate “recurrent acts of abuse towards his biological children.”

There is a discrepancy in the report about when the child in North Las Vegas was injured. Police said they were called to the hospital in February to investigate the baby’s injuries, but later in the arrest report police said Broome told them of caring for the infant in March, and Justice Court records indicate the date of the alleged offense was March 18.

Broome was being held at the Clark County Detention Center as of Friday morning. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April.

This article was originally published by ReviewJournal.com.

 

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.

Lost Dog And Boy With Shaken Baby Syndrome Have An Amazing Reunion

The companionship between Kenneth Marret and his 15-year-old dog Baxter is a special one.

A boy and his best friend were reunited this week after a potential tragedy turned into a miracle.

The companionship between Kenneth Marret and his 15-year-old dog Baxter is a special one. At two months old, Kenneth’s birth father shook him so hard it left him partially blind and with only 40% of his brain functioning properly.

“Kenneth was really not expected to walk, talk, eat, pretty much a vegetable is what they told us,” Steve Marrett, Kenneth’s adoptive father, said.

Kenneth’s birth father was convicted and went to prison. When Kenneth was three months old, Steve Marret and his wife Marcia started fostering him.

“A lot of attention, a lot of therapy, he started developing and improving,” Marret said. After two years, they decided to adopt him.

“We fell in love with him, we cared for him, we’ve been through so much together,” he said.

Kenneth immediately bonded with Baxter, the Marret’s cairn terrier.

“From the beginning, once we brought Kenneth home, Baxter has this sense of ‘I’m going to protect this little guy.’”

The dog became one of Kenneth’s motivators to use his legs.

“Baxter would run away from him and Kenneth would initially crawl and when he started walking, he would chase him around the house,” Marret said.

The pair were inseparable until February 24th, 2020. Marcia had let Baxter outside to use the bathroom.

“I’m getting worried because he’s always back, he never came back that night,” she said.

Neighbors started searching the woods as 5-year-old Kenneth hunted through the house.

“He’d go to different rooms, he would wander around, you could tell he was looking for him.”

After days and weeks went by, the Marret family started to lose faith.

“I was started to accept the fact that we would never see him again,” Marret said.

Eighteen days later, Marcia got a call.

“Marcia’s talking to a friend saying, ‘There’s a dog that looks like Baxter that’s been found, they need to get a hold of you,” Marret said.

Tim and Angela Vaal were fishing at Lake Patoka when they saw Baxter stuck in the mud near a shoreline. It was over a mile from the Marret home. 

Baxter was covered in ticks and had lost seven pounds, but he was alive.

“I’m getting goosebumps now,” Marret said. “It was like this is a miracle. It can’t be and it was.”

It was a reunion to remember between Kenneth and Baxter.

“Kenneth was so excited, and he throws his arms and legs, it was cool. Kenneth was so happy,” Marcia said.

The entire incident served as a reminder of life’s blessings for the Marrets.

“If you don’t believe in miracles, it’s time to start. We do.”

This article was originally published by WHAS11.com.

 

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.

Police Arrest Man For Death Of His Infant Child

On October 20, 2018, the six-month-old was hospitalized in critical condition in a pediatric intensive care unit. The child was pronounced deceased the next day.

Police say the child had symptoms of a shaken baby syndrome, also known as abusive head trauma, which occurs when a child has been violently enough to cause injury to the brain.

According to a release from New Haven Police, “Following a number of interviews, search warrants, and related forensic tests, NHPD Special Victims Unit (SVU) Detective Leonardo Soto obtained an arrest warrant for Ratchford on February 27, 2020.”

Rashaad Ratchford turned himself in at the New Haven Police Department on Wednesday, March 4th and faces charges of 1st-Degree Manslaughter and Risk of Injury to a Child.

In the release, Assistant Chief of Investigations Karl Jacobson was quoted as saying, “Detective Soto and other members of the Special Victims Unit used their diligence and fought for justice for the child who no longer had a voice in the matter. I commend Detective Soto and ALL the members of SVU for their tireless search for justice.”

Ratchford’s pleaded Not Guilty at an arraignment last week, where his bond was set $150,000. He is due in court again on March 31st.

This article was originally published by Fox61.com.

 

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.