Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dad accused of assaulting 3-month-old son; baby in critical condition (Kenton County, Kentucky)

Once again: "Frustrated" dad who bashes the baby. And can't bother to get medical care.

Dad is identified as CASEY RADCLIFFE.

Dad accused of gravely injuring baby

Terry DeMio, 12:27 p.m. EDT October 8, 2015

A Northern Kentucky father faces an assault charge after he allegedly shook his baby, causing a severe brain injury.

A Northern Kentucky father is accused of violently shaking his infant, causing severe injury including hemorrhaging to the 3-month-old baby's brain.

Casey Radcliffe, 24, of Independence, is in the Kenton County jail, facing a charge of first-degree assault.

His next court hearing is set for Oct. 15. Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said Wednesday that, because of the infant's grave condition, he anticipates going through with the preliminary court hearing rather than going directly to a grand jury to seek an expedient indictment.

"I'm waiting to see how the child responds to medical treatment," Sanders said, adding that, if the boy, "God forbid, doesn't make it," the case could become a murder case rather than first-degree assault.

The first-degree assault charge carries with it a 10- to 20-year sentence.

The baby boy, whose name is Raiden, is in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in critical condition.

A warrant for Radcliffe's arrest issued Saturday states that the father caused a "grave risk of death" to the baby.

The warrant states, even though Radcliffe saw his child's physical reaction right after shaking the baby, the father put the infant in his crib rather than seeking medical help. Several hours later, when the mother returned home, she called a doctor after seeing her distressed infant. The doctor directed her to take the baby to Children's Hospital.

Dad headed to jail after "violent encounter" (Manitoba, Canada)

As Bugs Bunny would say, what a maroon.

Daddy is identified as SHANE BAPTISTE.

Manitoba father headed to jail for violent encounter at waterpark

The Canadian Press
First posted: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 12:01 PM CDT | Updated: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 02:09 PM CDT

A Manitoba father has been sentenced to two years less a day after a family trip to a waterpark ended with a dangerous, high-speed chase down the Trans-Canada Highway with his wife and three children in the van.

Shane Baptiste, 39, pleaded guilty to several charges Tuesday, admitting he threatened a woman and punched an RCMP officer in the face.

He told court he feels bad about it, adding that he feels apologetic every day for what he did.

Baptiste took his family to Splash Island in Portage la Prairie, Man., on July 25 but the fun afternoon turned sour when he got into an argument with another patron and threatened to kill her and her family.

The woman, who works as a probation officer, called police but when an RCMP officer arrived moments later, Baptiste slugged him in the face.

Court was told several children at the waterpark witnessed the violent encounter, including Baptiste's own children.

Baptiste then ordered his family to get into their van and sped away, blowing through several stop signs and school zones at nearly 100 kilometres an hour, increasing that to 180 kilometres an hour once he hit the highway.

"This was probably the fastest his van could go," Crown attorney Joyce Dalmyn told court. "This is one of the most egregious motor vehicle flights from police we've seen. His speeds are ridiculous. Frankly, it's nothing shy of a miracle his three children weren't injured."

Baptiste eventually drove over a spike belt laid down by other RCMP officers and abandoned his van -- and his family -- by taking off on foot.

He turned himself in at a local police detachment days later, after his picture had been released to media outlets.

Baptiste has a lengthy prior criminal record which includes two previous assaults against police officers.

"He didn't think," defence lawyer Greg Brodsky told court. "He feels badly about his inappropriate behaviour. He acknowledges that he was driving in a ridiculous fashion."

"Frustrated" dad faces felony battery charge in death of 2-month-old daughter (Franklin, Indiana)

Happens again and again. Unemployed/underemployed (and possibly unemployable) dad drafted into infant caregiving since Mom has to go back to work--since we don't have paid maternity leave requirements or anything. Of course, the @$$hole gets "frustrated" and bashes the baby. And, as almost always happens, our big Macho Hero is too much of a coward to call 911 or seek medical help. He leaves that task to Mom.

This time the dad is identified as JAMISON CYRUS ALLAN HENDLEY.

Father faces felony in baby’s death

By Abby Armbruster
First Posted: October 07, 2015 - 10:26 pm Last Updated: October 07, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Frustrated with the baby’s crying, a Franklin father shook his 2-month-old daughter and then threw her across the room into a chair.

Jamison Cyrus Allan Hendley, 22, realized the baby was not breathing right. He then put the baby to bed and got into the shower. Shortly after, the baby’s mother came home from work and realized something was wrong with 2-month-old Braelyn and took her to the hospital.

Four days later, the baby died at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. An autopsy showed the infant died of blunt force trauma to her head, causing massive brain injuries. Doctors at the hospital said the extent of the damage showed the injury wasn’t accidental. Days later and after multiple interviews with investigators, Hendley told police the details of what happened that day.

This week, he was charged with battery resulting in death of a child younger than 14. He could face 10 to 30 years in prison, Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.

The charge is the highest level charge the prosecutor’s office can file for a shaken baby case, Cooper said, adding, “The evidence fits it.”

Hendley had been watching the baby since 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, when Autumn Grissom, the baby’s mother, went to work. He first told police he became angry when the baby was crying and picked her up quickly and might have shaken her a little, according to the charging documents.

The next day, he told police the baby had fallen out of a stroller and that he had held her above a chair and dropped her into it. The baby fell onto the floor, the documents said.

Around 9 p.m., the baby started crying nonstop, and Hendley didn’t want to call 911 because he knew he had done something wrong, the documents said.

In another interview this week, Hendley told police he got frustrated with the baby’s crying and shook her. When she didn’t stop crying, he threw her across the room into a chair. The baby fell out of the chair and onto the floor, and then he knew she wasn’t breathing properly, the report said.

At 11:30 p.m., Grissom returned home from work and took the baby to the hospital. Hendley didn’t go with her.

Doctors found bruising on the baby’s right arm and leg, significant brain injury, significant retinal bleeding and retinal detachment and she was having constant seizures, according to the probable cause affidavit from the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Braelyn’s heart and valves were donated to two other infants, according to Michelle Ingle of Orleans, the baby’s grandmother. “With her having the traumatic brain injuries ... the only organ they were able to use was her heart,” Ingle said. Grissom wants to meet the babies who received Braelyn’s organs, Ingle said.

Hendley, 5700 U.S. 31 South, Franklin, remains in the Johnson County jail on $46,000 bond. He will go in front of a judge within the next week to hear his new charges, and a pretrial conference will be set within the next few months, Cooper said.

The Times-Mail of Bedford contributed to this report.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dad's child abuse rescheduled; charged with abusing infant sons (Logan, Utah)

 Dad is identified as RYAN UDY.

Ryan Udy child abuse trial rescheduled for May 2016

Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 11:45 am
Will Feelright

LOGAN — The child abuse trial for a 32-year-old Logan father, Ryan Udy, has been rescheduled for May 31, 2016, after attorneys for both sides asked for additional time to gather and review new evidence in the case.

Udy appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He faces two charges of child abuse, both second-degree felonies. His attorney told the court, they had met with state prosecutors and were requesting additional health records from when the victim had received medical treatment, since the alleged abuse.

Prosecutors have claimed Udy abused his infant son several times, breaking his arm, and causing bruises and other injuries. The abuse was reported in December 2012 and March 2013.

Defense attorneys argue Udy was only with the child for a short time and that the abuse was caused by the child's mother.

On September 2, an eight-day jury trial was postponed after a witness in the case claimed to have received two anonymous emails, describing how the mother reportedly abused the child.

Judge Brandon Maynard had tried to schedule the trial for January but later settled on the May date after prosecutors said the victim's mother was expecting a child in early spring.

Udy was ordered to appear again in court April 19 for a final pretrial conference.

Dad charged with murdering 3-month-old daughter (Heathcote, Australia)

Dad is identified as JOBY ANTHONY ROWE.

Father charged with murdering three-month-old baby girl in Heathcote
September 21, 20157:46pm

A man has been charged over the death of a baby in Heathcote last month.

THE father of a three-month-old baby girl has been charged with her murder.

Heathcote man Joby Anthony Rowe, 23, was behind bars Monday night after facing an out-of-sessions court hearing in Bendigo over the murder of daughter Alannah after being the subject of a homicide investigation for almost a month.

Baby Alannah, who was born premature, was rushed to hospital on August 29 after a call to triple-0. Alannah died the following day at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

It was reported at the time Mr Rowe had told friends Alannah had started coughing “hard’’ as he fed her a bottle just after she had woken.

It’s understood the baby’s mother, Stephanie Knibbs, heard the commotion and came running to help and they laid Alannah on the ground and tried to clear her airways.

The results of a post-­mortem is believed to have directed the investigation into the little girl’s suspicious death.

Ms Knibbs spoke to police about the events leading up to the triple-0 call and police also appealed for other people with information to come forward.

Mr Rowe, who was questioned and released by police last month, is set to appear at Bendigo Magistrates’ Court Tuesday morning.

It came as police revealed no charges would be laid over the death of another baby at Hamilton on July 13.

Emergency services had been called to a house in Strachan St after receiving a report of a seriously ill child.

The 11-month-old boy was taken to Hamilton Hospital where he later died.

Investigators said they had spoken to a number of people in relation to the death and a post-mortem was conducted.

The death will now be the subject of a Coronial investigation.

4-year-old boy ordered to visit drug-addicted father who previously threatened boy's mother with shotgun (Australia)

The brutal triumph of the fathers rights movement--and the death of decency and common sense.

Gosh, what could possibly go wrong here?

Dad is identified as "Mr Tierney."

Boy, 4, ordered to visit ice dad

The Australian
October 01, 2015 12:00AM
Nicola Berkovic
Legal affairs correspondent

A four-year-old boy has been ­ordered by a judge to spend at least two hours a fortnight with his father despite evidence the ­father had been using the drug ice and served jail time for allegedly threatening the mother with a shotgun.

The father had also previously threatened to slit his own throat with a knife and had taken the boy without consent at least twice and spirited him interstate.

Federal Circuit Court judge Warwick Neville made ­orders in Canberra for the boy to spend “no less than two hours per fortnight” with the father at a contact centre.

The father, known as “Mr Tierney”, had been fighting the mother to spend regular, substantial time with his son and had ­denied using ice.

But his drug screen showed he had been using methylamphetamine and the prescription painkiller Endone, also dubbed “hillbilly heroin”.

He also denied previously threatening the ­mother with a shotgun and ­instead said that he had been threatening to shoot himself.

Mr Tierney urged the court to allow him to care for his son every second weekend and every Tuesday after school.

But the mother, who was ­legally represented, said the boy should live with her and spend two hours a fortnight with the ­father while supervised at a contact centre.

Judge Neville said the father’s previous threats of violent self-harm and positive drug test “alone warranted” that his time with the child “should be supervised”.

He made interim orders for fortnightly supervised contact until a report from a court- ­appointed psychiatrist could be prepared.

It is not clear whether the mother of the four-year-old boy felt uneasy about her son spending time with his father.

However, Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston said she came across many cases in which ­mothers felt pressured to agree to court orders they did not feel were in their children’s best interests to avoid being seen as trying to alienate the other parent.

“No court should ever allow a parent to make that decision” and lawyers should fight harder to ­ensure they did not do so, she said. “We see it all the time and we hear it all the time and it’s heartbreaking,” she said.

“These are parents who want to protect their children from clearly dangerous partners, who are being advised by their own legal representation, because of the way the system currently works, to make decisions that are not in the best interests of their own children.”

She questioned how super- ­visors at a children’s contact ­centre could guarantee the safety of the boy if the father arrived under the influence of ice or armed with a weapon.

The West Australian mother of “Abbey” — a 17-year-old girl who committed suicide after being forced to spend time with her pedophile father — told The Australian yesterday that she had felt pressured to consent to family law orders for her daughter to have contact with her ex- husband even though her “gut said no”.

“You are thrown into this system where you have to consent,” she said. “My gut said no ... but there is pressure from all around you. It’s the best-case scenario in a no-win situation.”

Dad charged with manslaughter in death of 7-month-old daughter (Perth, Australia)

Dad is identified as PAUL COSGROVE.

Perth father Paul James Cosgrove charged with manslaughter over death of baby daughter
By Joanna Menagh

Posted 30 Sep 2015, 12:11am

Paul Cosgrove has been charged with assaulting his 7-month-old daughter

The charge against a Perth man accused of fatally assaulting his baby daughter has been upgraded to manslaughter.

Paul James Cosgrove was originally charged with causing grievous bodily harm to his seven-month-old daughter Lillian at their Ellenbrook home earlier this month.

The child was found unconscious and taken to Swan District Hospital before being transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital.

She died two days later.

Cosgrove appeared in Perth Magistrates Court where the charge was upgraded to manslaughter.

He was not required to plead and made no application for bail.

Cosgrove is due back in court next month.