Saturday, September 6, 2014

Baby murdered while living with custodial dad, step; step charged (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Another one of those stories that make you go "huh?"

Though it's not spelled out, it is clear that UNNAMED DAD had custody along with the step.

The step is accused of violently shaking and abusing the baby. But if the baby was ALSO "seriously underweight," how was the father not aware of this? If he had just assumed custody, then wouldn't the mother have been charged with neglect? But no, there's no evidence of that here. So this weight loss/failure to thrive apparently took place after Daddy assumed custody.

Mom is angry and grieving--as she has every right to do. How did this obviously neglectful (if not physically abusive) father get custody, and who gave it to him? This is an outrage that could have been prevented.

And Daddy claims the baby fell? Really? Sounds like the kind of perpetrator lying/covering up we often see with these cases.

Updated: 6:06 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 | Posted: 5:39 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Cambria County baby’s death ruled homicide

PITTSBURGH — A Cambria County baby’s death has been ruled a homicide, and his stepmother has been charged.

Police said Haley Butler had been asking for prayers for her stepson on social media while they were investigating her.

Brennon Everett died Wednesday at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The baby likely suffered from shaken baby syndrome, doctors said.

Court documents said he was “seriously underweight and had symptoms of severe shaken baby syndrome.”

The boy was living with his father and Butler in Cambria County before he was taken to the hospital, police said.

 “I’m feeling obviously angry and drained. My emotions are out of whack,” said Brennon’s mom, Rebecca Everett.

The father claims the baby fell, police said.