Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Police: Dad broke baby's arm, ribs for crying while Daddy was trying to play xbox (Salem, Massachusetts)

This whole thing with daddies and their video games is totally out of control. It's like this stuff is crack, especially for the young male mind. Notice that dad JASON MCLAUGHLIN is also charged with assaulting a police officer.

Notice that all it took was for mom to leave the crying baby alone with Daddy while she took a shower. Daddy is blaming a boatload of psychiatric disorders for his actions.


April 10, 2012

Police: Dad broke infant's arm, ribs Salem: Baby was crying while father tried to play Xbox

By Julie Manganis Staff writer

The Salem News Tue Apr 10, 2012, 04:00 AM EDT

SALEM — A 23-year-old Salem father tried to kill himself in a police holding cell after confessing Friday to breaking his infant daughter's arm and ribs in two separate incidents of abuse, police said.

Jason McLaughlin is being held without bail, charged with two counts of assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury, as well as a charge of assault and battery on a police officer, one of the Salem patrolmen who tried to remove McLaughlin's clothing after he attempted to use a shirt to commit suicide Friday night, police said.

McLaughlin's 3-month-old daughter was rushed to North Shore Children's Hospital on Friday morning with a broken arm.

McLaughlin, of 1000 Loring Ave., Apt. B53, initially told both the child's mother, who turned 18 last month, and police that he had dozed off while holding the baby and she fell to the floor.

But when questioned further by Salem police Capt. Thomas Griffin and Detective Jack Doyle on Friday afternoon, McLaughlin "burst into tears" and told the investigators, "I did it. I pulled her from her swing, and I felt her arm snap. I broke her arm, but I didn't mean to hurt her. She wouldn't stop crying," according to police.

McLaughlin told investigators that he had arrived home from work around 6 a.m. after an overnight shift at Stop & Shop in Lynn and began playing Xbox while watching the baby, while his girlfriend took a shower.

McLaughlin told police that he tried to quiet the baby by giving her a pacifier, but that she spit it out twice.

That's when he lashed out, grabbing her left arm around the elbow and pulling her from the swing. McLaughlin told police he could feel and hear the baby's arm snap and then saw her arm turn white.

He called the baby's mother out of the shower and told her the story about falling asleep while cradling the child in his arms.

While the child was being treated, doctors looking at X-rays found two broken ribs that were in the process of healing, injuries for which the baby had not received treatment.

McLaughlin admitted that he had squeezed the baby during a prior incident when he became frustrated, though he did not recall the date of that incident, police said. McLaughlin told police that he doesn't handle sleep deprivation well and that he's been diagnosed with and takes medication for bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and "explosive anger."

Later, while in police custody, Lt. Scott Englehardt noticed McLaughlin attempting to tie his shirt around his neck. As other officers attempted to remove his clothing to prevent him from trying to harm himself again, McLaughlin struggled, hitting Patrolman Edward Pierce, who was not injured, according to police.

Prosecutor Jane Prince suggested in a motion that McLaughlin's own admission that he's unable to control his rage indicates that he poses a danger if released.

Judge Robert Brennan ordered McLaughlin held without bail pending a hearing on April 17 to determine dangerousness.

The Department of Children and Families is also investigating.

This is the second time since last fall that a North Shore father has been charged with abusing a child while playing an Xbox game. In October, Richard Elias, 22, of Peabody allegedly confessed to shaking and head-butting his infant daughter because she was crying while he was drinking beer and playing Xbox. The case against Elias is still pending.