Friday, July 30, 2010

Dad to go to trial for murder of 5-month-old daughter (Delta, Colorado)

Occasionally I get emails from fathers rights people who try to blame all the abuse on "mother's boyfriend/stepdad" and not the daddy. But you know what? It's often a meaningless distinction. The "boyfriend" is often the father to at least one child in the household. And if not in that household, than in somebody else's household. Do you think these guys really make a meaningful distinction between child victims? Doesn't seem that dad DAVEN BECK did, who is accused of murdering his own 5-month-old daughter AND abusing his 2-year-old stepdaughter.

For all the smoke and mirrors as to how this baby died, the symptoms are the classic signs of abusive head trauma.


Trial set in baby murder

By Katharhynn Heidelberg
Daily Press Senior Writer
Published/Last Modified on Friday, July 30, 2010 4:11 AM MDT

DELTA �� Attempts to mediate the murder case in a Delta baby’s 2008 death failed Thursday, so father Daven Beck will proceed to trial next year.

Beck, 23, was charged in 2009 with first-degree murder of a child under 12 and first-degree murder of a child under 12 by one in a position of trust. He also is charged with two counts of reckless child abuse.

He is accused of battering his 5-month-old daughter, Cady, on Dec. 22, 2008, and of violently spanking his 2-year-old stepdaughter on another occasion.

Cady died Dec. 23, 2008, at The Children’s Hospital in Aurora of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.

Doctors there said her severe injuries, including a “blown” pupil, brain bleeding, spinal column bleeding and other trauma, could not have been caused by an accident or ailment. Prosecutors contend Beck killed the baby by repeatedly slamming her down.

Beck’s attorneys, however, said Cady’s injuries were the result of a reaction to vaccinations.

At what was to have been a motions hearing Thursday, public defender Diane Allen asked for a continuance to allow a medical expert to testify about “a very controversial and constantly evolving area of medicine” that apparently would bolster Beck’s vaccination-injury defense.

The court doesn’t have enough information to proceed without that testimony, she said.