Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dad charged wih causing serious bodily harm to 4-month-old daughter; mom has lost custody, though apparently not charged with a crime (Hurricane, West Virginia)

This, unfortunately, happens a lot. Even though there appears to be no accusation that the mother engaged in child abuse, she loses custody anyway. Mothers are always being held responsible for the behavior of others (especially fathers), even though they typically don't have the authority or the resources to kick the father out of the picture. In fact, mothers are actively PUNISHED for trying to do so, and are labeled "liars" or "alienators" who are "depriving" their kids of their father.

Dad is identified as PAUL PAROG.


Putnam Father Charged With Child Abuse; State Police Says He Admits To Shaking Baby Updated: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | Taisha Walker, Kaylin E. Searles

HURRICANE, W.Va. -- A father from Hurricane has been accused of injuring his baby.

West Virginia State Police said Paul Parog is responsible for causing serious bodily harm to his 4-month old daughter, not reporting the incident for several days and then lying about it.

Dan Erwin has lived on Fifh Street for 30 years. He can tell you a little about everyone who lives on his block, including the quiet family across the street.

"They sort of keep to themselves," Erwin said. "They do speak when you drive by." Erwin said Ashley and Paul Parog would often bring their daughter Lillian Grace outside.

 Erwin said about two weeks ago, they just stopped.

"Recently, I haven't seen the baby and we were wondering why," Erwin said.

There was something else Erwin noticed.

"There was an ambulance over there about 10 days, two weeks ago about 4 o'clock in the morning because we saw the lights flashing," Erwin said. "The couple was gone for a couple days and then the couple came back and since then we haven't seen the baby."

State troopers said Paul Parog didn't immediately seek medical help for his infant on Sept. 3. Dr. Joan Phillips, a Charleston pediatrician, sounded the alarm two days later when she noticed the baby was experiencing seizures, had head trauma and signs of shaken baby syndrome. Parog told troopers he fell on the floor with the infant, knocking her unconscious. Troopers said he panicked and shook the baby.

Lt. Michael Baylous said Phillips' observations were key.

"Her statement to us helped provide probable cause and when you get probable cause it's hardly based on one particular piece of evidence," Baylous said.

Troopers said Parog initially lied about how the infant became injured but later came clean. The 22-year-old father was arrested and charged with child abuse resulting in injury.

Erwin said it just goes to show you never know what goes on behind closed doors.

Lillian Grace has been released from the hospital and is now in the custody of her grandmother. The 4-month-old is now eating on her own, but troopers said she can't see and has trouble holding her head.

Parog is in jail on a $50,000 bond. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ HURRICANE, W.Va. -- A Putnam County man was arrested on a child abuse charge for allegedly shaking his 4-month-old baby.

Paul Anthony Parog, 23, is being charged with child abuse resulting in injury, according to a criminal complaint from Putnam Magistrate Court.

State troopers said Parog initially told them he tripped while carrying the baby, and she hit her head on the arm rest of a couch. Dr. Joan Phillips, a pediatrician at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, treated the baby and said the injuries sustained were too severe for Parog’s explanation.

State Police said Parog later admitted to troopers in a recorded confession that he lied about the way the baby sustained her injuries. Parog said that the two had fallen on the floor, knocking the baby unconscious. He then said that he panicked and shook the baby.

Parog said that he did not seek medical assistance right away because he was afraid of getting into trouble.

Parog’s is being held in the Western Regional Jail. His bond is set at $50,000.