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Baby Shake

by 'Mean' Mike Duffau (writer), I'm the boss!, December 09, 2007

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Caregivers, Baby-sitters, Nannies, And Parents... BEWARE AND BE AWARE!

December 4th, 2007, Jessica Sherwood had to do something no mother should ever have to do.

At 2:29 pm Jessica made a very tough, but the right decision to take her little 3 month old daughter off life support.

In memory of little London Marie.

Jessica had a message that I want every one to know...
This is what jessica said:

IF ANYONE HAS KIDS MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THEM WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. DONT GIVE THEM TO ANYONE THAT YOU DONT TRUST... I THOUGHT I TRUSTED JOSH... BUT NOW AS OF 12-4-07 AT 2:29AM SHE IS GONE... MY ONE AND ONLY BABY... I LOST THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, MY BABY GIRL.... SHE DIED ON HER 3 MONTH BIRTHDAY...

She had 6 fractured ribs. Both of her legs were fractured, and her brain was so damaged that if she were to live she would be a vegetable. So I did what was right for her and took her off life support.

THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME. REMEMBER THAT!

For those of you who dont know what Shaken Baby Syndrome is...read this:

Shaking, jerking and jolting can cause blood vessels in the head to tear or burst.

Shaken Baby Syndrome is the shaking of an infant or child by the arms, legs, or shoulders with or without impact of the head. This trauma can result in bleeding and brain injury with no outward signs of abuse.

Often frustrated caregivers feel that shaking a baby or small child is a harmless way to make the child stop crying. However, a baby's brain and blood vessels are vulnerable to whiplash motions, such as shaking, jerking, jolting, and impact. The neck muscles of an infant or small child are weak, so the child's head is relatively heavy and the neck cannot support the stress of shaking or impact.

Shaking a very young child, with or without impact of the head, can cause irreversible brain damage, blindness, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, spinal cord injury, seizures, learning disabilities, and even death. It is tragic that healthy, intelligent babies are suffering these disabilities simply because their caregivers don't know about the dangers associated with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

An estimated 1,200 to 1,400 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) occur each year in the United States. Only 1 out of 4 babies dies of SBS. HOWEVER, the other three babies will need ongoing medical attention for the rest of their short lifespans.

I don't care if there's a medical term for it, but the rule is: You don't shake a baby till it's unconscience! You don't know if you've cause internal damage just because the baby stopped crying. For all you know the baby's neck could be snapped.
It's a sure thing that baby's are going to cry. If a person can't handled it, don't have one or two. I wouldn't trust an outsider taken care of my child regardless of their credentials. Murderers come with smiles, and nowadays you have to question everybody. I wouldn't want to raise a child in these tumultuous times, but that's just me. If I did decide to raise a child it would have to be in a remote area away from the insanity, and again that's just my opinion.

"If I ever see someone shaking an infant or being abusive... I'm going to walk up to them and give'um a beatin', but that's just me."

R.I.P. London Marie



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'Mean' Mike Duffau is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Sharlene Hardin on December 09, 2007 at 10:00 pm
My thoughts and prayers go out to Little London Marie and all of her family. I'm sure it was not an easy article but thank you for helping raise awareness.
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By icanluvulongtime on December 10, 2007 at 01:38 pm
This has been in the news so many times, the English nanny trial a few years back - but it bears repeating strongly and often. Thanks for the reminder Mike, and God bless Jessica. She is going to live with the "what ifs" thinking of baby London Marie for the rest of her life. Maybe your article will save an innocent life.
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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on December 10, 2007 at 04:58 pm
I don't really watch the news but when I hear something that touches me, I gotta write about it. I felt like I needed to spread the word to the broo readers.
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By Ivan Homeless on December 11, 2007 at 06:00 pm
Wow, I am a fairly new mom and I am so thankful that I have a trustworthy person to help care for my baby - thank you for sharing, this story is just heart breaking.
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By KLiedle on December 12, 2007 at 07:14 pm
Well done article ~ Good choice of topic. It's extremely important to spread the word about this to remind ourselves just how fragile a human life really is - especially that of an infant.
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By Golie David on January 06, 2008 at 03:19 am

While on the one hand, only a monster would not feel sadness at the loss of a young life in so brutal fashion, to my way of thinking, the parents (yes, there are always two of those, whether or not they live together) contribued to the demise of their child by not arranging their lives to allow the mother to raise their child fulltime.

Parenthood is the most important job for both men and women, on the planet. Period.

What is it with our species that we have a relatively large percentage of members who believe that raising children is a job that can, and/or should be hired out to others? Or by uneducated siblings (since the article did not specify who the Josh in question is, and his relationship to the mother and infant).

Why are people choosing to replicate when they ignorant of all that parenting entails, and can not finacially afford to raise their own children? If both parents (yes, there are always two involved, whether or not they have the maturity to step up to the plate and take mutual responsibility for their child) have to work outside the home in order to make ends meet, then they either need to scale back their expenditures, or they need to not reproduce.

Despite the fact that pregnancies can sometimes be accidental, this does not excuse people, who choose to keep their child, from their solemn duty to take responsibility for their actions.

If nothing is more precious than a new life, then it seems to me that dropping everything else in order to ensure that a new human life is nutured by knowledgeable and truly caring adults, is the only option.

No one is "owed" the right to reproduce. It is a huge responsibility, which means one should either educate oneself BEFORE replicating, or one should take steps to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

Shaking may have killed that poor infant, but ignorance in the form of lack of pre-parental education by BOTH parents, and short-sighted selfishness to keep an infant that could not be raised in a stable two-parent family, with competence, led to this unfortunate outcome.

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