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My name is Cory. I am a mom, a wife, a NaNa, and a critical care nurse that lives in Nashville, TN. I have found my calling in ER/Trauma/ICU. Each day I find myself experiencing life changing events and hope that by reading my posts, you will experience and feel some of what I do. If you read nothing else, please take time to read "The Hardest Question Ever Asked". It's my very first posting. And if for some reason you think you see your story don't. It's not about you or anyone you know. =)


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Thursday, September 11, 2008

(Dual Post)
Baby With 8 Broken Ribs Dies After Social Workers Leave Him With Abusive Parents

This news story has troubled me terribly. I don't know if many of you have read it but first of all, how in the hell can social workers leave an abused child in the home with the abuser to later be murdered by same? And abused by his own grandmother as well??? I don't get it! The horror this child must have suffered. When I think of someone doing this to my grandson, I have no doubt I could kill them with my bare hands. To take a child and break his back over a bannister, pull his fingernails off. It makes me want to puke. And if you read further, 48 hours before his death, there was more evidence of new abuse and they were told that there would be NO FURTHER CHARGES PRESSED AGAINST THEM. And he STILL wasn't removed from the home!!!!! Where is the justice for this baby? Sorry for ranting, I had to get it out!!!!

A 17-month-old baby boy was murdered by his mother and her boyfriend despite being on a council "at risk" register and having already suffered a catalogue of injuries including eight fractured ribs and a broken back that left him paralyzed, a British court heard Tuesday.

The child, who along with the two adults cannot be named for legal reasons, was subjected to "a course of assaults of increasing violence" over many months at his home in North London even though he was being monitored by experts, the Old Bailey was told.

He was examined many times by doctors and was seen by a health visitor, social workers and was put on the Haringey Child Protection Register under the category of neglect and physical abuse for nine months, a jury was told.

Despite this he received numerous injuries — computer-generated images of which were shown to jurors to protect them from having to see the real thing.

Parts of the boy's fingernails and fingertips were missing, his head was covered in ulcerated sores and the skin between his upper lip and gum had been torn which, the court heard, was "highly suggestive of non-accidental injury, usually by forcing the teat of a bottle into a child's mouth or by a hard glancing blow across the mouth."

His fingernails, it was said, may have been deliberately removed.

His spine may have been broken when he was forced over the back of an adult's knee or banister rail, jurors heard.

He also had many bruises to his face and body and was probably bitten on his scalp by a dog at the house. The baby was hit so hard on the night that he died in August last year that one of his teeth was found in his stomach.

The tot's 27-year-old mother, who has other children, her boyfriend, 32, and another man, Jason Owen, 36, all deny murder. The two men deny causing or allowing the death of a child, although the mother has admitted allowing the death of a child, but denies causing the death.

Sally O'Neill, QC, for the prosecution, told the seven men and five women of the jury: "Over the last seven or eight months of his short life (this child) was subjected to a course of assaults of increasing violence.

"The Crown's case against these defendants is that either they themselves inflicted this unlawful force on (the child) or that they participated in a joint enterprise to do so."

"The death of any child is tragic. The death of a child in these circumstances is likely to fill any reasonable person with revulsion."

The trial, expected to last up to eight weeks, continues.

Click here to read more on this story from the Times of London.

CoryTraumaRN posted today at 11:04 PM

I get so angry when I hear about stuff like this. It's not only the social workers but what about the day care providers who don't want to step up to the plate because they are afraid of losing money.
Why can't the parents be named? Also since when do social workers, doctors etc believe the parents? Apparently the child was covered with chocolate to hide his bruises, certainly in the past the normal reaction of those in authority would be to think the child was being neglected as they weren't clean - how times have changed.
I am so frustrated when I hear this kind of thing. As a student nurse I have seen some pretty horrific things and when something like this happens it just makes you wonder why? Why didn't somebody do something or say something? Why didn't somebody try harder to save that baby?!
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