Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dad "drops" 11-week-old son on his head, fracturing his skull (Spartanburg County, South Carolina)

Yeah sure it was an "accident". And not getting the baby medical help was no doubt an "accident" too.

So sad that this mother has to work the night shift just 11 weeks after her baby was born. We so need paid maternity leaves in this country. Wonder if she was the sole support while the abuser Daddy played at being a "stay-at-home"?

Dad is identified as BRANDON OSMENT.

SCSO: Dad charged after dropping 11-week-old on his head

Father said he dropped the baby by accident

UPDATED 10:19 AM EDT Mar 27, 2014

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. —A 20-year-old man has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child, after he admitted dropping his 11-week-old baby on the floor, and then not getting medical care for him for eight hours, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to Greer Memorial Hospital on Tuesday about a possible case of child abuse. Medical staff there had determined the infant had a fractured skull and was going to be transferred to Greenville Memorial Hospital.

The infant’s father, Brandon Osment, told deputies that at about noon time, he was feeding his 1-year-old daughter and his 11-week-old son at the same time. He said the infant pushed free of his arms, and fell to the floor, hitting his head.

The infant’s mother, who works night shift, was sleeping at the time. She said Osment woke her up and told her what happened, and he later gave the baby Tylenol and put ice on his head to treat the injury. The mother said that several hours later, the infant’s head was swollen, and he was vomiting up his formula when she tried to feed him. At about 8 p.m., the parents decided to take the baby to the hospital.

The infant was found to have a skull fracture and brain damage and is suffering seizures. Deputies said that Osment’s statements were inconsistent with the baby’s injuries, and he gave differing accounts of the events, and because of the significant time that passed before the baby was given medical care, Osment was arrested.

The police report said the extent of the baby’s brain injuries is not yet known.