Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dad charged with abusing 4-month-old son, apparently during weekend visitation (Huntington, West Virginia)

It isn't spelled out clearly, but this sure sounds like weekend visitation involving a never married father.

Visitation with infants is a BAD idea. Babies need a consistent caregiver. They don't need bouncing around from house to house, which leads to emotional problems (at "best") or abuse like in this case.

Given that these guys are really little more than sperm donors, it is asinine to presume that they have the same love and commitment to the child as a father who is married to the mother, loves the mother, and lives in the home.

Father Charged with Child Abuse Involving Infant Son

Updated: Wed 9:15 AM, Jun 25, 2014

By: WSAZ News Staff

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man been charged with child abuse causing serious injury in an incident involving his 4 ½ month old son, according to Huntington Police.

Shawn Graves, 20, was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint the infant was in Graves’ care when he was transported by EMS to a Huntington hospital where the medical staff determined the baby sustained a “non accidental trauma.” A CT scan then revealed a brain bleed.

Graves told police the infant was normal when his mother dropped him off on Saturday.

According to the criminal complaint, Graves admitted to shaking the baby “back and forth causing the child’s unsupported head to jerk back and forward.”

Graves is being held in the Western Regional Jail.