Buffalo Police Claim Infant’s Death Is The Result Of Shaken Baby Syndrome

An infant who died in September in Buffalo died of shaken baby syndrome, according to Buffalo Police.

The baby is identified in his obituary as six-month-old King Jordan.

According to investigators, police responded to an apartment on Grote Street on September 20 for an infant in distress.
Two days later, Jordan died at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

The autopsy showed injuries to his neck and head from blunt force trauma and shaken baby syndrome.

So far, no one has been charged.

“The fact that the people responsible for his care were responsible for this horrific crime, they absolutely will be held responsible and should be,” said Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo.

Authorities say no arrests have been made in connection with his death.

Police say this remains an active investigation.

King Jordan’s obituary says he was six months old. It can be read here.

This article was originally published by WKBW

 

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.

Baby Shows Sign Of Shaken Baby Syndrome, Father Arrested

Officials from Kentucky State Police Post 14 said they are investigating after a five month old baby had to be flown to Cabell Huntington hospital with a serious brain injury.

Officials said staff at the hospital noticed the baby had multiple symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome, and contacted law enforcement.

Kentucky State Police said their investigation revealed 24-year-old Jeffery Wellman of Grayson, Ky. intentionally harmed his son. Police said he became frustrated and shook him, causing abusive head trauma. The baby remains in critical condition.

The case was presented before the Carter County Grand Jury on Friday. The jury returned indictment on one count of Criminal Abuse 1st Degree. Wellman is being held at the Carter County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond.

The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

This article was originally published by WYMT.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.

Charges Filed Against Father In Suspected Shaken Baby Syndrome Case

A 21-year-old father surrendered Thursday to face assault-related charges for allegedly shaking his infant son so hard that it has left the baby blind and brain damaged, according to state police.

Accompanied by his attorney, Tyler Vaughn, of 290 Nippenose Road, was arraigned before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on charges aggravated and simple assault, endangering the welfare of child and recklessly endangering.

A medical scan of the infant’s head “showed a brain injury” and soft tissue damage to his cervical spine, Trooper James Nestico said in an affidavit.

Upon being discharged from the hospital, the baby “is believed to be primarily blind. He is severely neurologically devastated,” Nestico said.

No information was available on who is taking care of the infant.

Investigators allege the infant’s injuries were inflicted by Vaughn in late November and again on the morning of Dec. 4 when the baby, born in late October, suddenly went unresponsive after his mother, Alexa Dincher, 18, picked him up.

“Tyler got up about 7:30 a.m. to feed him and Alexa got up about 7:45 a.m. with the intentions of calling a doctor about the baby’s past vomiting. She took a look at the infant and he didn’t look normal,” Nestico said in the court document.

“She said to Tyler that something was wrong with him, but Tyler said ‘No, he’s fine. I just checked on him.’ Alexa picked up the baby and he just dangled in her arms. She reported that he was gasping for air,” the trooper said.

‘Tyler grabbed the baby from her as she was holding him in her hands. Tyler took him and spun him around to face him. Alexa said that he did so in a quick manner to try CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and that Tyler may have ‘shaken’ him while trying to get air into him. Alexa related that when Tyler took the baby, the infant’s head ‘bobbled forward’ once,” Nestico said.

Tiadaghton Valley Regional police and paramedics rushed to the couple’s Nippenose Township home just before 8 a.m. to investigate a report of someone in “respiratory distress.”

When Sgt. Brian Fioretti arrived on the scene, Vaughn, who was holding the infant, told the officer that the baby had thrown up, Nestico said.

Fioretti grabbed the child, checked for a pulse and began CPR. The baby then “gasped for air,” Nestico said. Fioretti carried the infant to an arriving medic unit.

The infant was rushed first to Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital and then flown to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was admitted in critical condition with severe brain injuries and fractured ribs, Nestico said.

Further examination by medical staff revealed that the infant was a victim of “shaken baby syndrome,” the trooper said. There also was evidence of a prior “brain bleed” and it was believed the injury was “a couple weeks old,” the trooper added.

Upon being questioned, Vaughn told investigators that during the early-morning hours of Nov. 25, when he got up to feed the baby, he picked him up as he was sleeping.

“He couldn’t get the infant to wake up to eat so he ‘shook him around to get him with the program,’” Vaughn told police.

“Tyler said he knew that if the baby didn’t eat now, he would sleep for another two hours and that Tyler just wanted him to wake up. Tyler stated that he ‘shook him hard in quick vibrations,’” Nestico said in the affidavit.

Vaughn said he never shared this incident with the baby’s mother or the baby’s physician or with the doctors treating his son at Geisinger “because he knew he had done something wrong” and that what he allegedly did supposedly led to the infant being hospitalized, Nestico said.

Vaughn made no statements during the arraignment and was released on $95,000 bail.

This article was originally published by Sungazette.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.

Authorities Claim Infant Suffers From Shaken Baby Syndrome Following Alleged Daycare Worker Abuse

A daycare worker in Brandon is accused of abusing an infant under six months old.

According to deputies, the parents of the child took the baby to the doctor on Dec. 18 after the infant turned pale in color and began throwing up after attending Shepherd Day Care located at 208 Terrace Drive in Brandon.

Deputies say the infant was in the sole custody of Sarah Loria, 20, at the time.

On Dec. 20, the infant became unresponsive in the care of Loria. The baby was taken to a local hospital where doctors confirmed the baby had been suffering from Shaken Baby Syndrome on both occasions.

To inflict pain on a defenseless baby is a despicable crime, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office does not take acts of child abuse lightly.

If you’re in the care of a child and unable to manage the pressure or responsibility that comes with that role, I’m begging you to reach out to someone for help. Taking your frustrations out on a child is never acceptable.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF CHAD CHRONISTER

Loria was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse and was transported to Orient Road Jail without incident.

This article was originally published by KLFY.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.

Death Of 8-Week-Old Queens Boy Linked To Shaken Baby Syndrome

The death of an 8-week-old Queens boy who cops say was violently shaken by his father four months ago has been declared a homicide, police said Saturday.

Little Mason Sanchez was found unconscious inside his parents’ apartment on 88th St. near Jamaica Ave. in Jamaica on Aug. 16.

Medics rushed the infant to Jamaica Hospital, then transported him to Cohen Children’s Medical Center for further care, but Mason could not be saved and died of his injuries three days later.

An autopsy later revealed that Mason died from shaken baby syndrome, sources with knowledge of the case said.

On Aug. 21, cops arrested the tot’s father, 28-year-old Luis Sanchez, and charged him with manslaughter and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 years old. Sanchez was caring for Mason when the child fell unconscious, police said.

Sanchez remains held on $150,000 cash bail and is due back in court on Jan. 24, public records show.

Queens prosecutors will determine if the charges against him will be upgraded now that the baby’s death has been declared a homicide, officials said.

This article was originally published by NYDailyNews.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.

Community Supports Victim Of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Melissa said it was her former boyfriend and father of her two children, Cristofer “Shane” Wethy, telling her there was something wrong with their then 2-month-old son. Melissa could hear Shane begging Sababstian to breathe on the other side of the line. 

An MRI at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus showed Sabastian had substantial brain damage. Doctors siadthey probably won’t know how bad it is until Sabastian misses standard developmental milestones, Melissa said, adding that Sabastian is still having seizures and is suffering from other ailments. 

Wethy was indicted by the recent edition of the Coshocton County Grand Jury with one count of endangering children, a second-degree felony. Melissa was present Monday in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court when Wethy was arraigned and entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

“I couldn’t even make eye contact with him. I literally couldn’t look at him,” Melissa said. “I don’t want any kind of connection with him whatsoever.”

The night in question

Melissa and Wethy met while both lived in Florida. They never married, but dated a long time and Wethy moved to Coshocton with Melissa when she wanted to be closer to family. Along with Sabastian, they have a daughter, 6-year-old Mari Jayn.

The couple broke up about a year ago, about the time Sabastian was conceived. Melissa tried to remain friendly with Wethy for the sake of the children, she said, and their relationship was fine. Wethy was not previously abusive with her or the children, according to Melissa, although he would raise his voice.

“I never quite felt comfortable once we split up. I still tried to have really good communication and contact with him because of our daughter,” McCloy said. “I played nice as much as I could and as long as I could so I could monitor things. There was something, but never a reason for me to feel that. I would say aggressive parenting, but not abusive.”

Wethy usually worked nights, but was off work and was going to keep both children for the first time overnight alone at his home, Melissa said. She helped put the kids to bed about 8:30 p.m. and then returned to her house, as she had to work early the next day.

However, that phone call from Wethy woke her up in the middle of the night. He begged her to come over right away because there was something wrong. 

“He said ‘Something’s wrong, I need you to get over here.’ He dropped the phone, I heard it hit,” she said. “I could hear him say ‘Breathe, just breathe.'”

Melissa rushed over, grabbed Sabastian and put him in the car. She drove to Coshocton Regional Medical Center.

“Sabastian was just limp. He was pale, he was limp, he wasn’t responding at all,” she said. “I looked down as I’m getting in the car. As I’m sitting down, he gasps for air.”

Sabastian was flown via medical helicopter to Nationwide. Wethy went in the helicopter, while Melissa drove so they would have a vehicle in Columbus.

“He’s the more emotional parent. I’m the more level headed person. I could drive there no problem. He was hysterical,” Melissa said.

Initially doctors weren’t sure what was going on and Wethy didn’t provide any insight. A CAT scan revealed brain trauma and an MRI confirmed the shaken baby diagnosis. Melissa said they were both interviewed twice by detectives investigating the case. A warrant was issued by the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office once the MRI was reviewed. Wethy remains in the Coshocton Justice Center on a $100,000 bond.

Sabastian’s condition

Sabastian initially had bleeding on his brain. On a followup visit, doctors thought he had more bleeding, but determined that scar tissue had made his brain shrink and it just looked as if the blood had increased, Melissa said. 

“The blood is still there and it can be there for months they said. It can cause more and more issues. One of the things we’re watching for is increased pressure in his brain. It can still be months after and he could have symptoms of that,” she added.

Doctors believe the seizures are under control. However, Sabastian recently contracted a virus which has put him back into having seizures. This past week he went back to Nationwide Children’s Hospital with a suspected respiratory tract infection. 

In the four months since Sabastian has been born, he’s been admitted to Nationwide four times. More trips are probably in the future.

Melissa said she’s spoken to several people with knowledge on shaken baby syndrome and said it’s a 50-50 shot on Sabastian developing normally as he ages. He might also need to take seizure medication for life, or could come out of the seizures fine. There’s a lot that needs to be seen yet.

Community support

Even with health insurance, medical bills are mounting. Melissa also had to drop down to part time at work in order to deal with Sabastian’s issues and medical appointments. 

A GoFundMe account has been established to raise funds to help with medical costs. Two fundraisers are also planned. She said a situation like this reinforces why she wanted to move back to Coshocton from Florida. 

“If something happens, this is the type of community where everybody gets behind you,” Melissa said. “There are issues, but there are also a lot of really good people here who try.”

Melissa regularly updates the Prayers for Sabastian Facebook page so the public can keep tabs on how he’s doing. She also wants a record for Sabasitan to see when he gets older so he knows just how his life started out and, hopefully, how far he’s come.

This article was originally written Coshoctontribune.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.

Horrifying Details Of Abused 3-Year-Old Bellingham Girl Emerge

A Bellingham woman accused of shaking a 3-year-old child to death is now charged with her murder.

Kamee Dixon, 27, made her first court appearance on Friday for the death of Hazel Homan. Hazel was the daughter of Dixon’s boyfriend.

Court documents claim the little girl suffered months of horrific abuse at the hands of Dixon leading up to her death.

Doctors say Hazel died of Shaken Baby Syndrome, according to the documents.  Doctors also reportedly found bruising on her neck, chin, chest and groin area.

According to documents, Hazel had been living with her dad since June, and Dixon would take care of her while he was at work. After Hazel’s death, the medical examiner found multiple broken bones that took place within the last six months.

Her finger, wrist, knee and hip bones all showed signs of breaks and healing.

Court documents also detail a lengthy record of abuse in the last several months, including an incident Aug. 3 when a family member who was babysitting Hazel noticed and photographed suspicious bruising on the toddler’s chest and shoulders. The family member also noticed scarring from an apparent cigarette burn,  according to the documents.

Later that month, a friend was at Dixon’s house when Hazel wet herself. Dixon reportedly got angry and placed her in a cold shower. Dixon’s friend told authorities Hazel was in the shower for a long period of time and “was in visible distress, shaking and clinched teeth,” until the friend stepped in to prevent further injury, according to the documents.

On Oct. 2, court documents detail that Hazel received a burn to her hand, but that she was not seen by doctors until about a week later. A Child Protective Services (CPS) referral was made due to mandatory reporting laws.

According to court documents, Hazel was again seen by medical professionals later that month for an alkaline chemical burn to her eye.

Based on medical records, CPS referrals and eyewitness accounts, police say there were obvious signs of physical abuse to Hazel, and Dixon was the primary caregiver to the toddler when her father was away.

However, Hazel’s father Brandon Homan said he does not believe his girlfriend did this. He showed up to court in her defense and spoke to Q13 News last week.

“This is a tragic situation,” he said. “I just, more than anyone, I am the father. It’s my baby girl, I want answers too. But don’t place blame.”

Dixon was charged Monday with second-degree murder and homicide by abuse. Her bail was set at $1 million.

This article was originally published by q13fox.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.

 

Healthy Kids Donated 100 Hand Knit Baby Hats

Healthy Kids donated 100 hand knit baby hats to LincolnHealth Miles maternity to be given to newborns in an effort to educate new parents on what’s known as “The Period of Purple Crying.”

The hats were knit by community members and every baby born at Miles hospital will receive one. Their parents will also receive information on the nature of babies and crying in the first five months of life and how to best handle it. Shaken Baby Syndrome, a result of adults shaking a baby usually because they are crying, causes life-long issues for the child or death.

Healthy Kids also teaches students in all four Lincoln County high schools about Shaken Baby Syndrome in an effort to educate current babysitters and future parents about this issue.

Healthy Kids is Lincoln County’s parent resource center and has many programs for parents and professionals that help to support the healthy development and well-being of our children. For more information on the Period of Purple Crying or other Healthy Kids programs, call 563-1818 or log on to their website www.healthykidsmaine.org.

This article was originally published by Boothbayregister.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 awww.ScottJuceam.com or you can click here.

Kiwanis Helps Educate Parents about Shaken Baby Syndrome

2019 marks the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany fifth year participating in “CLICK for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying Caps campaign” lead by Karen DeChristopher, Director and Co-Chair Dr. Julie Scarano-Debrossy and Nicolas Limanov of their “Young Children Priority One (YCPO)” service projects program.

Kiwanis members and friends knitted over 520 purple colored hats for infants, which were delivered in October to Prevent Child Abuse NJ, New Brunswick, where they are sent out to be washed, sterilized and prepared in airtight bags then distributed to new parents at participating hospitals across New Jersey during November and December to help educate new parents about both normal infant crying “Period of Purple Crying” and the dangers of shaking the infant “Shaken Baby Syndrome”.

PURPLE stands for an exhausting and frustrating period of increased crying that some infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth. Although it is hard on babies, it is even harder on parents and caregivers.  This crying, which is normal, is so overwhelming to parents and caregivers that sometimes they shake the baby, causing permanent harm.

It is the No. 1 trigger for the shaking and abuse of infants.  Shaken baby syndrome has been found to be the most common and most dangerous form of abuse in children under one.  Roughly 80% of all infants who are shaken suffer significant brain injuries, and more than 30% die as a result of their injuries.  These purple hats can help prevent this, because the campaign aims to raise awareness about normal infant crying and the prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma.

DeChristopher explained that, “Increased stress and frustration raises the risk of someone losing control for a split-second and seriously injuring the infant.  Parents must be educated on this extremely important issue, as well as the need to have a plan and to share that plan with anyone who may be caring for their infant. 

Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey is one in a network of chapters in all 50 states.  Prevent Child Abuse-NJ is the only statewide non-profit dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in all forms, for all New Jersey children.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany supports ten K-Kids clubs, Lake Parsippany Elementary School, Eastlake Elementary School, Intervale School, Mt. Tabor Elementary School, Littleton Elementary School, Lake Hiawatha Elementary School, Troy Hills Elementary School, Northvail Elementary School, Knollwood School and Rockaway Meadow Elementary School, two builders clubs, Central Middle School and Brooklawn Middle School; two Key Clubs, Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School and one Aktion Club.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46. For more information on Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany click here.

This article was originally published by Parisppanyfocus.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.

Mom Arrested For Endangering Infant

A 27-year-old mother, Emilee Decker, was arrested last week for aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of her three-month old infant. According to State Trooper Sharon Palmer, the incident took place on September 9, and the infant suffered injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. 

Hospital staff identified multiple life-threatening injuries including brain trauma, fractured skull, retinal hemorrhages and multiple broken bones. The staff deemed the fractures “acute,” meaning they had been inflicted very shortly before arriving at the hospital. 

Police questioned Decker, who did not acknowledge any of the infant’s bruising. However, police later recovered a deleted photo from her cell phone which showed a “large and obvious discoloration of the baby’s head.” Doctors said that the bruise was likely the impact site of a “high velocity strike.” There was also a video on Decker’s phone of the child in an “altered mental status, which medical personnel [said]  is consistent with the immediate results of a shaken baby exhibiting concussive symptoms.” 

Police said that Decker was alone with the baby immediately prior to the symptoms appearing. 

Magistrate Judge Linus Myers arraigned Decker; she was remanded to the Wayne County Prison with bail set a $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 3 at 10 a.m. at the Wayne County Courthouse. 

This article was originally published by Riverreporter.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.