Father sentenced in shaking death of infant
Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch
Published: June 20, 2012
A young Chesterfield County,
Va., father was sentenced to serve a year in prison today for fatally shaking his infant son two years ago in an incident
the defendant and his family still question.
Retired Circuit Judge William R. Shelton sentenced Brandon L. Parker,
who was 17 and days away from entering the U.S. Air Force when his baby died, to 10 years in prison with nine suspended in
the June 2010 death of 2-month-old Elijah Parker.
Parker, who was jailed after entering an Alford guilty plea to
voluntary manslaughter in late February, will get credit for time served and could be released in eight months. The judge
departed upwards from state sentencing guidelines, which called for an active jail term of no more than six months. Prosecutor
B.J. McGee recommended a two-year active term.
Parker, his fiancée and Parker’s father all testified
that they didn’t believe Parker fatally shook Elijah, which McGee pointed out was in stark contrast to medical
“It’s quite clear that he’s not fully taking responsibility for the
death of his son,” McGee said of Parker.
Parker testified he was caring for his son on the evening
of June 22 after the child’s mother – who was visiting but didn’t live in the Parker family home
– left for the night. After Parker told his stepmother that Elijah was restless and unable to sleep, he fed
the infant, placed him in his child swing in the teen’s bedroom about 10:30 p.m. and began watching television.
About an hour later, Parker said Elijah woke up screaming, so he picked up the baby to comfort him but he grew limp and
unresponsive. Parker said he then placed the baby on his back, placed his hand on his stomach and “shook him a little
Parker denied violently shaking the child that authorities said resulted in Elijah suffering a traumatic
head injury. The shaking was severe enough to cause diffuse bleeding about the child’s brain, brain tissue damage and
retinal hemorrhaging of his eyes, a medical professional testified at an earlier hearing.
called to the Parker home about 11:45 p.m. and when officers arrived they found the infant lying motionless at the top of
the stairs. He had no injuries, but a white fluid was coming from the baby’s nose. Elijah died four days later at VCU
Parker said losing his son has “been very hard on me. It’s not something that you get
Parker’s father, Roscoe Parker, testified that his son has always been responsible
and was a good student who participated in many extracurricular activities, including sports and Boy Scouts. Defense attorney
Kevin Purnell said his client had been accepted into an elite unit of the U.S. Air Force at the time of his baby’s death
after passing a series of tests.
McGee described Parker as a “fine, outstanding young man” with a bright
future, but on June 22 he “had a very bad moment… and broke down.”
The prosecutor suggested
the stress of being a new father at such a young age and Parker’s imminent plans to enter the military caused Parker
to mishandle his son. “And unfortunately, it had tragic consequences.”
“We know the pressure
of children having children,” McGee said, adding that Parker was not emotionally or physically equipped to be a father
Martinsville man faces charges in child abuse
The Henry County
Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of child abuse in the Axton area of the county.
Officers responded Wednesday
night to a 911 call that a 3-month-old infant had been injured, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
Brandon J. Giles, 20, of Martinsville, the father of the infant, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of felony child
abuse. He is being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.
The child was taken to Martinsville Memorial Hospital
and then to another hospital. There, doctors found that the infant's arm was fractured. They also found the infant's
ribs fractured from a previous incident in August that was unreported, according to the release.
The child is not in
the custody of either parent at this time, the release said.
man accused of seriously injuring girlfriend's young son
-- A man suspected of inflicting a serious brain injury on his girlfriend's 4-year-old son has been arrested after fleeing
the area, police said.
Investigators found Aaron Handy, 28, of Antioch, at a home in Stockton on Wednesday, five days
after he was identified as a suspect, said Lt. Leonard Orman. He was taken to West County Jail in Richmond on suspicion of
felony child abuse, and is being held on $100,000 bail.
Police first heard of the suspected abuse after a 4-year-old
boy was taken to a hospital the night of Aug. 20 with what was described as a traumatic brain injury. The boy was put into
a medically induced coma while surgeons removed a portion of his skull to alleviate brain swelling, police said.
boy is recovering at the hospital, where he is expected to undergo a long period of treatment.
"He still has some
comprehension issues they're working through," Orman said.
Hospital staff contacted police, who learned that
the boy's mother arrived at their Peppertree Way home and found the child unresponsive. Orman said Handy, who had been
caring for him, tried to persuade her not to call 911. When she did, he fled.
When Handy was arrested, he told police
that he was angry at the boy and pushed him forcefully, Orman said. But detectives say the attack was more aggressive.
Father sentenced for throwing infant
daughter to ground
By Carrie J. Sidener
Published: July 30, 2010
RUSTBURG — A man
convicted of throwing his infant daughter to the ground told the court charged with sentencing him on Friday that he failed
James Francis Withers was sentenced Friday in Campbell County Circuit Court by Judge John Cook to
20 years in prison on one count of aggravated malicious wounding and 10 years on one count child abuse and neglect. All but
11 years was suspended.
“I let a lot of people down,” Withers said at sentencing. “My daughter
that I love more than anything, I failed her.”
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul McAndrews said when
he thought about what he was going to say at the sentencing Friday, he thought of reading “Humpty Dumpty” to his
“What we want — all the King’s men and all the King’s horses — we can’t
have,” he said.
“He attacked a six-week-old child. He threw her down. … It was malicious and
done with anger and frustration on a child that he, more than anyone else, is charged with protecting.”
Teresa Brennan, a developmental pediatrician at Virginia Baptist Hospital who treated the baby, said the girl suffered a skull
fracture that resulted in a brain bleed and brain damage.
Brennan said the girl will permanently have trouble
with weakness and control on her right side, as well as balance issues. She also said the baby has some impairment of language
and problem-solving skills that could prevent her from living independently as an adult, among other impairments.
“She will continue to learn and progress but she won’t catch up,” Brennan said. “She will
need special education and her capacity for independent living is unknown.”
Withers’ attorney, Curtis
Thornhill, said his client’s only prior criminal history involved writing bad checks.
“One brief second
changed everything,” Thornhill said. “One brief second changed that child. One brief second ruined the rest of
his life. … He’s not the monster; he’s not the demon. Nothing he can say, though, can make it easier for
the mother, grandparents and the foster parents of this child.”
Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Investigator
Robert New testified that Withers told him several versions of what happened when he was supposed to be caring for the baby
on May 1, 2009.
Withers, 26, initially told New that the baby had rolled off a couch and onto the floor, then that
he was tossing the baby into the air to comfort her because she was fussy. He also said he was holding the baby over his head
in one hand and she wiggled out of his grasp and fell onto the floor, New said.
In the final version, the investigator
testified, Withers said he was frustrated because the baby would not calm down, and he held her over his head with the intention
of throwing her on the carpet but she hit the wood stove instead.
When Withers finally confessed, “he cried
for quite a while,” New said. “He’d go from crying to not crying to speaking quiet and then began mumbling
to the baby doll as if it was his daughter.”
McAndrews said the injuries the girl sustained have robbed her
of what she could potentially have become as an adult. This is one case, he said, where the victim can’t tell the court
about what the violence took from her.
Chesapeake child-abuse case sent to grand
Leon Lamar Surgeon
is accused of killing a 3-year-old girl left in his care. Nov. 3, 2009
injuries to 3-year-old Alayah Mahone were, literally, indescribable - Dr. Wendy Gunther of the state medical examiner's
office testified that she couldn't diagram them because the old and new bruises overlapped so much.
She and other
witnesses in a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court hearing on Tuesday painted a graphic picture of Alayah's
life. Her life ended Nov. 1, four days after rescue workers found her unresponsive in the care of her mother's fiancé,
Leon Lamar Surgeon.
The evidence was enough for Judge Eileen Olds to send first-degree murder, malicious wounding and
child-abuse charges against Surgeon, 39, to a Circuit Court grand jury.
On Oct. 28, Surgeon called 911. He had cared
for Alayah on weekdays for about a month while his fiancé worked at a shipyard, staying at his sister's Western
Branch home where he also watched three of her children, testimony showed.
He first told authorities that Alayah fell
off the toilet twice, accounting for her injuries. But Detective Jamie Thomas said Surgeon admitted smacking the girl with
a belt, grabbing her neck and shoving her face into a corner, shaking her and slamming her down on the toilet for soiling
Thomas startled the courtroom by sharply slapping a wooden lectern to show how hard Surgeon said he sat the
"I was mad," Thomas quoted Surgeon. "I think I shook her too hard."
agreed. Gunther and Dr. Suzanne Starling, who directs the Child Abuse Program at Children's Hospital of The King's
Daughters, described in detail the girl's injuries, old and new.
"She was covered from head to toe in bruises
and abrasions," Starling said.
The cause of death was shaken-child syndrome, exacerbated by battered-child syndrome,
"She was beaten, shaken and left to die," Starling said, prompting a defense objection to her
Surgeon didn't speak during the hearing, and the defense did not call any witnesses. His lawyer argued
the evidence does not support a charge of first-degree murder.
Blue Ribbon Campaign
In the spring of 1989, a Virginia grandmother began the Blue Ribbon Campaign as a memorial for her three-year old grandson,
who had been murdered by his mother’s boyfriend. She tied a ribbon on her van and encouraged her friends to do the same.
By the following year, the blue ribbon had become the symbol for child abuse in the state of Virginia.
The ribbon serves as a reminder of the positive steps that can be taken to prevent child abuse
Today, Child Advocacy Centers across the nation use the ribbon as a reminder of the positive steps that can be taken to
prevent child abuse
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Mother and Child Killed in Alexandria
Police now searching
for the child's father
Updated 9:45 PM EDT, Sun, Apr 11, 2010
Alexandria Police are searching for a man they believe murdered his own 3-year-old daughter and the child's mother.
34-year-old Simon Bahta Asfeha is now wanted for first-degree murder in the deaths of 27-year
old Seble Tessema and their child, according to police. Tessema and Asfeha reportedly had a prior relationship, but don't appear
to have been married.
Police were called out to the Brent Place apartments off of 375 S. Reynolds Street around 10:30 a.m. for reports of a domestic disturbance. Instead, they found the
bodies of the mother and child. "They found two victims deceased on an apartment on the 14th floor. We're investigating
the case as a suspicious death right now," said Deputy Chief of Alexandria Police Blaine Corle.
Asfeha is reportedly driving a 1999 silver Acura with Virginia tags XKS-1522. Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.838.4444 or the Crime Solvers tip line at (703) 838-4858. Detectives would like to remind witnesses that
they remain anonymous.
Man gets 21 years in child abuse case
Walter Z. Speller did not abuse his infant son
or his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, he insisted to a Circuit Court judge before his sentencing Friday.
was facing his second sentencing hearing for assaulting children. In 2003, a Virginia Beach jury convicted him and recommended
the minimum two-year sentence for abuse of his then-14-month-old son, Isaiah, that blinded and partly paralyzed the boy. He
served that time.
This was another case, one involving two other children.
Speller wasn't sorry.
infection could have caused the boy's brain damage and paralysis, he said, despite a doctor's conclusion that it could
have come only from abuse.
The girl was always slow to learn, and her mother was responsible for the bruises that covered
her body, he claimed, contrary to the mother's statements and medical testimony.
The prosecution was out to get
him and tampered with the jury at his September trial, Speller argued. He also charged his lawyer coerced him into cutting
that trial short by pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated malicious wounding in exchange for not facing possibly two
Speller tried to withdraw that guilty plea Friday and fire his lawyer, Moody E. "Sonny" Stallings
Jr., but Judge Mary Jane Hall denied his request.
She sentenced Speller to 50 years - 25 years per injured child - and
suspended all but 21 years that he has to serve, the maximum under the plea agreement.
Hall also ordered 15 years probation
after that, during which time Speller is not permitted to live in a household or work where there a re children younger than
It was Speller's 30th birthday Friday.
The judge said she couldn't overlook the fact that in two homes
he lived in, three children wound up brain-damaged from severe abuse.
"These children are so defenseless,"
Speller, against his lawyer's advice, took the stand to plead his case for much of the two-hour hearing
that ran into the early evening.
He blamed Elsie Campblin. She is the mother of the victims: his son, Ohene, now 2,
and Laniah, now 5, Campblin's daughter from a previous relationship. He said his only fault was trying to help Campblin
cover up the abuse.
He repeatedly pointed at Campblin in the spectator seats with his manacled hands despite Hall's
"You stomped that kid's head on the floor and beat her with a comb till it broke,"
he said at one point. "God will burn you for your sins!"
He insisted that another son, Isaiah, who is blind
and partly paralyzed, wasn't brain-damaged. "That's a sharp little fella," he said.
his sentence, Speller asked for mercy, telling the judge there were two sides to every story.
"I'm a young
man," he said. "I'm not a monster. I'm a human being.... I got a lot of love for my children."
the cup can't pass from me," he added, "let me drink from the cup, and let it be the Lord's will."
Lipscomb, who with her husband is taking care of the children in a foster home, testified about the children's multiple
About how hard Ohene works toward learning to stand or walk on a treadmill or to pronounce "thank you,"
and how he screams, "No! No!" in his dreams. About Laniah's continued nightmares and rages, harming herself
and refusing to eat.
Lipscomb explained how they drive the long way around to avoid passing the jail, because Laniah
would grow afraid knowing that Speller was inside.
"She'll start screaming, 'Walter's going to get
me!' " Lipscomb said. "She refers to him as 'the monster.' "
Campblin, the children's
mother, asked the judge to put Speller "away for the longest time possible, to prevent this from happening to someone
else, to another child."
serve 5 years in ‘sick’ child abuse caseBy CHARLES OWENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
GRUNDY, Va. — A Buchanan County man was sentenced Tuesday
to five years in prison in a child abuse case described by Commonwealth Attorney Tamara Neo as an example of “sick cruelty.”
Dennis Roger McClanahan, 49, of the Deel area of Buchanan County, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Keary Williams
to five years in prison and five years of probation on two counts of child abuse, Neo said.
Neo said the charges
were related to the mistreatment of an 11-year old child.
Neo said testimony in court revealed that there were
several incidents involved in the charges. Two of the incidents of abuse included forcing the child to lick animal feces,
and tainting the child’s food with laxatives then not allowing her access to restroom facilities, Neo said.
“While not a typical child abuse case, clearly the child endured mistreatment rising to the level of sick cruelty,”
Neo said McClanahan previously pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse.
Neo said the
case was launched after a complaint was made to the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Neo said the court
on Tuesday found it “sufficient to more than double” the high end of the sentencing guidelines for child abuse.
The sentencing guidelines called for a range of punishment of between eight months and two years and three months.
Neo said the man was remanded to custody following Tuesday’s sentencing hearing to begin serving the five year sentence.
Girl had been subject of custody fight, relative says
By Patrick Wilson
© June 14, 2009
The grandfather of the 5-year-old girl killed in a case in which her father and stepmother were charged remembered
her Saturday as a happy child with long, curly hair.
“She was just a beautiful
little loving, fun child,” said Robert Kimery of Zachary, La., the grandfather of Carly Sawyer. “Loved to laugh.
Loved to play.”
Revolving around Carly, however, was a custody battle between
two families, said Kimery, whose daughter Jennifer is Carly’s mother.
died Thursday at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk. A medical examiner determined that the
cause was blunt-force trauma. Contributing factors included starvation, ligature restraint and medical neglect, police said.
Paramedics were called to her family’s house in the 1400 block of Oliver Ave. in Chesapeake about
5 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an unresponsive child. On Friday evening, detectives arrested Carly’s father, Joshua
Sawyer, 24, and his wife, Brandy Sawyer, 21.
Joshua Sawyer was charged with second-degree
murder and felony child neglect. Brandy Sawyer was charged with first-degree murder and felony child neglect.
Kimery said he and his daughter had little contact with Carly in the past 2-1/2 years after a court
in Jacksonville, N.C., granted Joshua Sawyer custody of her.
Jennifer and Joshua
Sawyer met and married in California when she was in the Air Force and he was in the Marines. They separated about three years
ago and divorced after she was stationed in South Carolina and he was stationed in Jacksonville, with Carly, Kimery said.
Jennifer Kimery and a friend, on a visit to see Carly, took her back to Georgia where Jennifer was
living. That upset Sawyer, Robert Kimery said.
She also filed a complaint
of abuse against her ex-husband with Child Protective Services in North Carolina, he said.
Kimery said he and his wife were raising Carly in Louisiana to keep her away from Joshua Sawyer, until Sawyer
got an order granting him temporary custody.
“They had a
court order for me to return her,” Kimery said. “We took her back and he stated that we would never see her again.”
Kimery said he did not know Joshua and Brandy Sawyer had moved from North Carolina to Hampton Roads
until his family learned Carly was in the hospital.
Three neighbors of the Sawyers
on Saturday said they rarely saw them. In addition to Carly, the couple has a younger daughter and also lived with a young
daughter of Brandy Sawyer’s.
Carly Sawyer used to live in Onslow
County North Carolina, where allegedly, there were roughly 25 reports made on her father to Onslow County DSS. Most
of my readers will remember that Onslow County North Carolina DSS is the same department that failed to protect Kayla
Carly Sawyer used to live in Onslow County North
Carolina, where allegedly, there were roughly 25 reports made on her father to Onslow County DSS. Most of my readers
will remember that Onslow County North Carolina DSS is the same department that failed to protect Kayla Allen.
Carly Sawyer used to live in Onslow County North Carolina, where allegedly, there were roughly
25 reports made on her father to Onslow County DSS. Most of my readers will remember that Onslow County North Carolina
DSS is the same department that failed to protect Kayla Allen.
The Murder of 13-year-old Alexis
Glover: “My mom is going to kill me…nobody believes what I say…”
The death of 13-year old Alexis Glover has officially been
ruled a homicide:
MANASSAS, Va. - A Prince William County mother stood before
a judge Monday morning to answer questions about what really happened to her adopted 13-year-old daughter.
Glover says that her daughter Alexis ran away. Police, though, say that Glover lied to them when she reported the girl missing.
They believe the developmentally-disabled teen was murdered.
Alfreedia Glover is out on bond after Monday's
trial. She is charged with filing a false police report in connection with her Jan. 7 statement to police that her daughter
On Monday, Glover's attorney said he needed more time to review the ten hours of recorded interviews
police conducted with Glover.
Lexie's body was found Jan. 9 in a creek after an exhaustive two-day search,
and her death was ruled a homicide, the result of drowning and exposure to the elements.
At Monday's hearing,
a group of women who say they knew Lexie came to the courthouse. They expressed frustration that her mother has been released
on bond. They said that Lexie had told them that she was afraid of her mother, and that Alfreedia was going to kill her. The
women say that they had reported the situation to authorities but with no result.
"Why not let this one be
the one that get's everyone's attention? Do not let her death just be nothing. She was a sweet child but extremely
fearful of her mother," said one of the women. "She told everybody, everybody knew."
child suffered into a cold creek is how she died... this child suffered the entire time... nothing but suffered," said
As school bus drivers, the women say they told authorities of Lexie's claims of abuse at the
hands of her mother. "My mom is going to kill me... this is what she said many times...," said one of the women.
While Prince William County prosecutors plan to take a murder case against Glover to a grand jury next week, the Virginia
Department of Social Services is also looking into the case. A spokesman says any child within the social services system
that dies under any circumstance will be the focus of an investigation.
While neither Glover nor her attorney had
a comment Monday, Glover has said she was devoted to Lexie. She claimed the girl had profound emotional and physical disorders
and was low functioning.
Police continue to look into those claims, especially since others describe the child
in a much different way. "The child was intelligent," said one of the women. "She was smart, she was caring."
Father: JOSHUA SAWYER
Victim(s): Carly Sawyer (5 years)
of Death: June 2009
Custodial father, stepmother charged with 2nd-degree murder. Mother lost custody
during divorce, father denied mother contact.
Police arrest man suspected of causing severe burns to boy, 5
March 12, 2009
The man suspected of causing severe burns to a 5-year-old boy was arrested Thursday night, according
to Lynchburg Police.
Lt. Rodney Carson said Shawn Lamont Franklin, 26, was found hiding in
an attic space of a residence on Easley Avenue, and was arrested without incident.
is charged with abuse and neglect of a child and aggravated malicious wounding in connection with the incident. He is also
charged with a count each of credit card fraud and credit card forgery, unrelated to the incident, according to police.
was arrested at 7:14 p.m., Carson said, and is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg without bond. Franklin
was wanted in an incident in late February that resulted in burns to a child’s back, police said.
boy’s mother, Faith Loftin, was arrested and charged with failure to render medical assistance, said Capt. Brandon Zuidema,
Zuidema said Franklin was Loftin’s live-in boyfriend.
|Rest in peace
Virginia Beach police say
Tuesday morning 5-year-old Joshua Hagerman was stabbed to death by his father, 33-year-old Joseph Hagerman.
|Rest in Peace
From the Newport News, Va., Daily
Newport News man pleads guilty to manslaughter. He faces up to 16 years in prison.
- July 2, 2008
NEWPORT NEWS - A Newport News man pleaded guilty
Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and child neglect in the death of his infant son, who was given a lethal dose of cough
medication and had several other severe bodily injuries.
Yumar Maurice Porter, 25, initially faced a murder charge
in the death of 6-month-old Jahmari James, who died while staying at Porter's house for several days in October 2006.
Porter reached a plea agreement with the commonwealth's attorney's office just before a jury trial was set to begin.
A medical examiner listed dual causes of death, both of them "independently lethal" — the cough medicine
overdose and suffocation caused by something or someone blocking the baby's breathing passageway. An injury on Jahmari's
neck was "highly consistent" with a person's hand "pulling on the child's neck and pulling up,"
the medical examiner's report said.
Porter's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Patrick Bales, said Porter
admitted to unintentionally causing Jahmari's death by giving him too much cough medicine.
he said Porter did not admit to causing any of the other injuries — including the neck injury, a spinal fracture and
Prosecutors said the cough medicine involved was not recommended for infants. The baby had in his
system more than three times the normal dose that an older child should get within a 24-hour time period.
said he didn't know who or what caused the other injuries to Jahmari. "There could have been other parties involved,"
The initial murder charge was based in part on the contention that Porter was the one who caused both
the cough medicine overdose and the suffocation.
Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Valerie Spencer Muth
said the evidence shows the injuries occurred during the time Jahmari was in Porter's care, most within "minutes
or hours" of the time of death. She also said prosecutors had no reason to believe that anyone but Porter was present
when the injuries occurred.
But, she added, "There was no direct evidence regarding the asphyxiation or the
back injury by way of eyewitnesses or confession by the defendant."
Detectives were never able to locate Porter's
brother, who shared the residence — even after going to the house on several occasions. There were no known eyewitnesses
to the injury, except for perhaps Jahmari's 18-month-old sister.
After talking with the defense attorneys about
the "totality of the evidence," Muth said, both sides agreed to the plea to the reduced charge.
and his sister were dropped off at Porter's house — on Baughman Court near Newsome Park Elementary School —
on a Thursday evening after Porter asked that they come for visit.
Porter called 911 the following Tuesday afternoon,
saying the baby was unconscious. He told police that when he came back from picking up his two nephews at school, Jahmari
was on the floor with a T-shirt around his neck.
But Muth said the back injury was not consistent with a fall from
the bed or an injury from an 18-month-old. She also said the neck injury was not consistent with strangulation from a T-shirt.
Newport News Circuit Judge David F. Pugh will sentence Porter on Oct. 3 on the three charges he pleaded guilty to:
involuntary manslaughter, child neglect, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor involving the older sister. Combined,
they carry a sentence of up to 16 years.
Bales asked the judge to release Porter from jail awaiting his sentencing.
Muth said she was OK with that, given that discretionary sentencing guidelines call for him to get between probation and six
months in prison. Porter has already spent more than a year and a half behind bars awaiting trial.
But Pugh denied
that request, ordering Porter back to the jail.
Jessica James, 21, the baby's mother, said she wanted Porter
charged with murder and was "happy that the judge didn't release him." Talking about Jahmari, she said, "All
he did was laugh. He was a happy baby."
for severely injuring infant
10:32 p.m. ET, Thurs., Aug. 7, 2008
BEACH, Va. (WAVY.com) -- Police in Virginia Beach have arrested a man and charged him with Felony Child abuse for injuring
a two-month-old infant.
According to police, on June 10, 2008, Virginia Beach Detectives
responded to the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters for a report of a two-month-old boy suffering from serious
injuries, possibly as a result of shaken baby syndrome. The victim was suffering from bleeding on the brain, a broken leg,
several broken ribs, and severe bruising to his body.
On August 5, 2008, the child's
father, Jeffrey C. Gilpin, 24, of the 5500 block of Lynbrook Landing, Virginia Beach, was arrested and charged with Felony
Child Abuse and Aggravated Malicious Wounding. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Parents given second chance, charged again
Aug 08, 2008
A Virginia couple has been charged for serious injuries to their young child, just months after prosecutors
dropped charges for a previous incident. The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star reports that the couple, aged 32 and
28, were charged with child abuse in April, "stemming from a... 2005 incident involving their then 10-week old son..."
Now authorities say the child has been taken to VCU Medical Center with skull fractures, retinal hemorrhaging and a broken
collarbone. Prosecutor Eric Olsen says the original charges were dropped because the investigating officer was away at law
enforcement training and delays would have violated the suspects' right to a "speedy trial."
7-week-old hospitalized, father arrested
06:42 PM EST on Thursday, February 21, 2008
PORTSMOUTH -- A seven-week-old baby girl is in the hospital on life support.
From Portsmouth Police
Aaron Michael Bennet, suspect
Police say she suffered trauma to her body, but are not releasing the specifics of her injuries.
Around 3:50 p.m., police arrested the girl's father, Aaron Michael Bennet, 31, of the 10th block of Afton Parkway. He is
charged with child abuse and neglect.
Bennet's daughter was originally at Maryview Hospital, but was transferred to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
around 7:00 a.m.
Bennet is currently in the custody of the Portsmouth Sheriff's Department.