Saturday, May 4, 2013

Dad charged with abusing 5-month-old baby (St. Louis, Missouri)

This is a good example of why child abuse statistics are often misleading, and why the acts of mothers tend to be over-represented. More often that not, it's the father/boyfriend who is the violent perpetrator, while Mom is trashed for "failing" to stop an out-of-control enraged male--as if that was even possible in many cases. But both parents are dinged as child abusers. 

Dad is identified as JOSHUA ANSON.

Parent Charged With Abuse After Infant Bruised 'Head to Toe'

 Submitted by Friday, May 3rd, 2013, 1:34pm

Parents of a 5-month-old child, who had unexplained bruising “from head to toe,” face felony charges for child abuse and endangerment, police said.

Joshua Anson, 21, of the 3200 block of Sunswept Park Drive in unincorporated North County, was charged April 25 with abuse of a child. He is the child’s father.

The mother, Andrea Nicole Oster, 20, also of the 3200 block of Sunswept Park Drive just north of New Halls Ferry Road and Lindbergh Boulevard, was charged April 25 with first-degree child endangerment.