Thursday, October 7, 2010

Abused infant dies; dad may be charged with manslaughter in death of infant son (Hoquiam, Washington)

A lot of evasive, incomplete information here. Why did the mother of this baby--who does not live with the father--"recently put the baby" in dad MICHAEL VANDERVEUR's "care"? Was this entirely voluntary? A temporary arrangement? Or a permanent custodial situation? Who knows. Once again, the media doesn't tell you.

But once again, we see that like so many young fathers, this guy was not up to the rigors and demands of infant care. Too many of these guys are just too strong and too aggressive to take care of babies. And too easily "frustrated." And babies are losing their lives because of it. No wonder child abuse rates have skyrocketed....Too many stressed working moms, and too many "caretaker" dads.

Hat tip to Annie.

Abused Hoquiam infant dies, father may be charged
October 6th, 2010 8:42 am

A Hoquiam baby, just 4 1/2-months old, has died after sustaining injuries allegedly caused by his father over the weekend.

Ti-Ryn Emery was being treated at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma after being assaulted. The baby's father, 21-year-old Michael Vanderveur, was arrested Tuesday morning after doctors determined the infant's fatal head injuries could not have come from a fall off a couch, as the father described.

Now that the baby has died, the original assault charge could be changed to manslaughter.

According to The Aberdeen Daily World, the baby's mother and father are not together, and the mother recently put the boy in Vanderveur's care.

Police said Vanderveur was watching the child last weekend when he called 911 at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday to report that his son was not breathing. Vanderveur told paramedics the baby had been sleeping on a couch. At some point in the middle of the night, Vanderveur said he heard a thud and found the boy had fallen off the couch. Vanderveur said he then put the baby in a crib, and when he woke up the next morning, the boy was not breathing.

KIRO 7 is reporting that Vanderveur is cooperating with the investigation and has been arrested for investigation of first-degree child assault.

Sources: The Aberdeen Daily World, The Olympian, KIRO7 News